[tex-live] Broken dependencies among sty files in TeX Live 2009 distribution

Dan Luecking luecking at uark.edu
Sun Oct 25 00:59:35 CEST 2009

On Sat Oct 24 18:21:29 CEST 2009, Alexander Cherepanov 
at mccme.ru)

>On Thu, 22 Oct 2009 21:49:55 -0500, Dan Luecking 
><<http://tug.org/mailman/listinfo/tex-live>luecking at uark.edu> wrote:
> > nkarta           nkarta           Daniel H. Luecking
> >
> > This should not be noinfo. The README file says:
> >
> >    "I have renamed the result nkarta, and place it in the
> >     public domain."
> >
> > These are my own words, and I'm sticking to them.
>It's nice to hear that you placed nkarta into public domain.
>Unfortunely I don't completely understand what do you mean. As I
>gathered from its README nkarta is heavily based on karta and
>therefore its copyright controlled both by you and by the author of
>karta. Is it possible to place it into public domain unilaterally?

Well, elsewhere I warn that _if_ karta makes claims on derived
work, then nkarta wil be subject to them. The point is that _I_
make no such restrictions. Perhaps this means nkarta is not
legally public domain. I am not a lawyer.

On the other hand, the author of karta has elected to remain
hidden for 17 years. Also, the metafont seems clearly based
on some type1 font, whose author is still more unknown. The
whole thing is unsatisfying. I have let robin know these
concerns and will certainly understand if nkarta is removed.
But then also karta would have to be removed.


Daniel H. Luecking
Department of Mathematical Sciences
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701 

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