[tex-live] tl2rpm: TeX Live 2008 packages to rpm converter

Jindrich Novy jnovy at redhat.com
Sun Aug 24 17:57:02 CEST 2008

Hi Norbert,

On Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 11:54:52PM +0200, Norbert Preining wrote:
> Hi Jindrich,
> great work, and it is good to hear that the infrastructure change at
> least helped a bit in packaging.

The metadata format and the whole design of the packaging system is
nearly perfect. It is really a huge step to give users possibility to sensibly
maintain their TeX installation. The downstream packaging without it would be
nearly impossible and chaotic. Thanks for putting a bit of sense into

Maybe some work could be done on the per-architecture
post-installation, the "exec" part in the package system metadata in
order to not to hardwire it into the installer itself, but it is not

> One thing I realized: Don't you have to compile your own binaries before
> shipping? Or did I miss something?

Nope, you didn't miss anything. The demonstration of TeX Live
packaging into RPM just illustrates that even the precompiled binaries
shipped with TeX Live 2008 is possible to package based solely on the
package system metadata. In the real-life Fedora packaging only the
information about what binary belongs to what package will be taken
out from this script and all binaries will be built from sources.


> Best wishes
> Norbert
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