[tex-live] Catalogue sources

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Sun Aug 30 01:26:00 CEST 2009

Reinhard Kotucha <reinhard.kotucha at web.de> wrote:

> On 29 August 2009 Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard wrote:
>  > CTAN maintainer Jim Hefferon a écrit :
>  >> The difference with the Catalogue, to my mind, is that *we*
>  >> author it.
>  > I understand this point. However, if your main concern is spam
>  > robots, there are many ways of protecting the addresses (and
>  > currently or in the next few years I can't imagine a robot getting
>  > to them).
> As far as I understand, it's not a technical problem.  The CTAN team
> doesn't want to publish anything unless all authors agree.

no.  we don't want to publish email addresses, that's all.

> And the catalogue can only be published if *all* authors agree.  
> Otherwise it would be useless.

the catalogue is published on every ctan site and mirror (translated to
html).  the only email addresses in the html (i think) is that of the
ctan team list, which appears in so many other places that it's best to
forget about its protection.

> You said "there are many ways of protecting the addresses".  Can you
> be more elaborate?  I doubt that addresses can be protected reliably.

there's a degree of obfuscation in the catalogue repository, as jim
said.  i don't want to rely on that obfuscation, which is why i withdrew
the repository copy that was advertised here a few days ago.

i've now rearranged the rsync module so that it doesn't provide the
author addresses.


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