[tex-live] tl09 release status: coming up

C.M. Connelly cmc at math.hmc.edu
Thu Oct 15 00:03:45 CEST 2009

"RF" == Robin Fairbairns <Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk>

    RF> redhat has changed.  rhel (aka centos, i think) does
    RF> indeed still install tetex, but i suspect it's due for an
    RF> update, at which time it will be difficult for them to
    RF> avoid tl (though presumably tl07).

RHEL 5 (and thus CentOS 5), which is the latest release, has teTeX
3.  And, surprise, there were some problems I ran across when I
was doing new installs recently because I tweak some TeX settings
and the version of LaTeX included was old enough to trigger the
``your LaTeX is ancient!'' warnings.  (The same issue also stopped
teTeX from building from source.  They fixed the issue, but I'm
not sure what they did (I suggested either editing the files to
change the date or (obviously preferable) updating the LaTeX files
included in the package.))

I worked around the problem by installing TeX Live 2008 in a
central location, and pointing everyone's path to it.  (And I have
TeX Live 2009 in place next to 2008.)

The next release of RHEL (and thus CentOS) should have TeX Live,
as Fedora has TeX Live.  (Unfortunately, back porting the TeX Live
packages from Fedora turned out to be a huge amount of work, which
is why I went with the central install solution.)


  Claire Connelly                              cmc at math.hmc.edu
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  Department of Mathematics                 Harvey Mudd College
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