[tex-live] should lh depend on ecrm?

Ivan Shmakov ivan at theory.asu.ru
Thu Sep 25 02:39:41 CEST 2008

>>>>> Ulrike Fischer <news2 at nililand.de> writes:


 >> Shouldn't there be a

 >> depend ecrm

 >> line in texlive.tlpdb, below `name lh' then?

 >> (I'm completely unfamiliar with the TeX Live packaging, but I've
 >> thought that it's exactly the way to inform, e. g., tlmgr to install
 >> ecrm in case lh is requested?)

 > No idea. But I have some doubts that such a system could be managed
 > as almost every package loads (and so depends on) other
 > packages.

	Well, Debian GNU/Linux has about 18000 packages to watch over...

 > miktex use some sort of trigger system: If during a compilation a
 > file is missing it looks up in its list of packages if there is one
 > which contains the file and then installs it.

	It's much less trouble for ELF, though, since binaries contain
	lists of the libraries they depend on.

	A tool that performs a minimal installation and then tries every
	package to correctly install and to perform correctly (running
	some package-specific tests, e. g., trying to typeset a sample
	document using the package; building documentation may serve as
	a test) may be useful.

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