[tex-live] Suggestion for future releases

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Sat Mar 17 14:32:41 CET 2007

Frank Küster <frank at kuesterei.ch> wrote:

> Robin Fairbairns <Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk> wrote:
> > Karl Berry <karl at freefriends.org> wrote:
> >> As it happens, I removed the catalogue package from TL development a few
> >> days ago, since it seemed to serve no purpose and is always out of date.
> >> It seems like overkill to have the entire Catalogue just for these
> >> references, especially when you have found that they are typically
> >> wrong.
> The reason why they are wrong is that they contain links like 
> title="Read documentation for this package from ctan:/macros/latex/contrib/a0poster/a0_eng.pdf."></a>
>   <a href="../../../macros/latex/contrib/a0poster/a0.dvi"><img
> with relative links, but of course the directory structure in a TEXMF
> tree is different than on CTAN.  On the other hand, it shouldn't be too
> hard to automatically fix the link.

the html files on ctan are generated *for ctan* from the xml in the
catalogue repository: istm it would be silly to try to generate stuff
for texlive from the ctan html (or the sarovar html, for that matter:
both have all sorts of stuff hanging off them, though sarovar's href
pointers go straight to ctan).  we should construct a new variant of the
catalogue-generation script that points direct at doc files in the
texlive system, or at the files on the archive as appropriate.

> I didn't object when Karl removed the catalogue, but I didn't really
> agree, and I would be in favor of keeping/adding it.

of course, all the above is contingent on karl feeling moved to reverse
his decision for next time...


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