[tex-live] Non-PDF documentation

Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard mpg at elzevir.fr
Fri Jan 29 15:01:30 CET 2010

Philipp Stephani a écrit :
> How can I add something to an existing packages that was not written by me?
> Is that covered by the LPPL and by CTAN's upload mechanism?

Well, I don't think transforming dvi/ps in PDF (or event compiling a .tex or
.dtx file) is really adding something to the package, for a licence point of
view. (Taking the comments out of a .sty and turning them into a pdf is another

Concerning CTAN upload, I think uploading just the generated pdfs to one node's
incoming directory, and asking one of the CTAN admins (or perhaps the collective
ctan@ address is preferred) to add it it the appropriate package is the best.

> Anyway, I've
> written a tiny program that looks for non-existing and non-PDF docs. I've
> attached the program and the lists that are created on my system (excluding
> the ucs and german packages). To date, it lists 1213 packages without any
> documentation (that's around 42% of all packages), and 316 packages without
> PDF manual (11% of all packages). The new texdoc doesn't seem to warn about
> switching to full search mode any more. The previous version of the program
> also listed those packages as undocumented, adding some 400 more to the list.

I'll answer that part later, needs more time. Anyway, thanks a lot for your
interest in improving documentation coverage!


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