[tex-live] TeXLive2007: Bug in (Xe)TeX for 64bit and big endianess

Frank Küster frank at kuesterei.ch
Wed May 9 14:14:09 CEST 2007

Taco Hoekwater <taco at elvenkind.com> wrote:

> George N. White III wrote:
>> TeX Live needs to accommodate the needs of distributors so it can be the
>> successor to teTeX.  Standards for robustness and reliability are
>> higher today
>> because you have more systems where TeX is used as part of the build
>> process
>> for complex systems where the coders may never actually use TeX directly.
> In my opinion, Linux (re)distributors patching an upstream package to
> use a different subsystem from the one it is shipped with, should never
> have happened. That is not ' applying security fixes', it is 'forking'.

Well, call it as you wish.  Are you willing to provide security updates
of pfdTeX in a timely manner and also for old versions?  AFAIK this
hasn't happened in the past, not even after such patches were used by

And I don't critizise the pdfTeX developers for this.  But it would be a
necessity if you want to avoid us "forking".

Regards, Frank
Dr. Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX/TeXLive)

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