[tex-live] Announcing TLContrib

Joseph Wright joseph.wright at morningstar2.co.uk
Sat Oct 9 10:03:17 CEST 2010

On 08/10/2010 19:36, Taco Hoekwater wrote:
> Hello everybody,
> Please allow me to introduce a new project: TLContrib.
> TLContrib is a website + repository that hosts contributed packages
> for TeX Live 2010. The packages on TLContrib are packages that are
> not distributed inside TeX Live proper for one or another of following
> reasons:
> * because it is not free software according to the Debian guidelines;
> * because it is a binary update;
> * because it is not available on CTAN;
> * because it is an intermediate release for testing.
> In short, anything TeX-related that can not be on TeX Live but can
> still legally be distributed over the Internet can have its place
> on TLContrib.
> The ultimate goal is to provide a companion to the core TeX Live
> tlnet distribution in much the same way as Debian's non-free tree
> is a companion to their normal, 100% free software distribution. The
> goal is not to replace TeX Live: package and updates that can be part
> of TeX Live itself should stay (or be added) there. TLContrib is simply
> trying to fill in a gap in the current distribution system.
> Quick start: to use TLContrib as a TeX Live repository, point the TeX
> Live package manager to http://tlcontrib.metatex.org/2010/
> For more detailed information, visit the website:
> http://tlcontrib.metatex.org/
> The current version of the website is preliminary, and much can still
> be improved. Even so, both the website and the repository are fully
> functional and can be used for both the publication of packages and
> as a repository source for the TeX Live package manager.
> Currently included in the repository are:
> * context 2010.07.30
> * the context cow fonts
> * luatex 0.63.0 (but not yet for all architectures)
> * metapost 1.502 (also not for all architectures)
> Currently, there are binary updates for i386-linux, universal-darwin
> win32, x86_64-darwin, and x86_64-linux. Mojca Miklavec and myself are
> working hard on providing the missing architectures soon.
> This announcement is also a call for more contributors: if you are the
> maintainer of a package that you would like to see distributed but that
> for one reason or another can not or should not be in the core TeX Live
> distribution, please consider adding it to TLContrib. The website
> explains the process, and it is of course possible to ask questions on
> the mailing list:
> tlcontrib at ntg.nl
> Incidentally, the mailing list's web page is:
> http://www.ntg.nl/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/tlcontrib
> I hope you will like this new addition to the TeX community, and I also
> want to take the opportunity to thank the TeX Live and ConTeXt minimals
> teams for their encouragement and ongoing help in bringing this project
> to life.
> Best wishes,
> Taco

What's the upload procedure for package authors? Do I just send to the 
server my .tds.zip, or is there more to it than that. At the moment 
things are a bit sparse on the site :-)
Joseph Wright

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