[tex-live] When is a package removed from TeX Live?

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Sat May 14 18:26:03 CEST 2011

2011/5/14 Robin Fairbairns <Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk>:
> Norbert Preining <preining at logic.at> wrote:
>> On Fr, 13 Mai 2011, Martin Schröder wrote:
>> > Work is ongoing on making tlmgr work with multiple repositories,
>> > so having something like "ctan-nonfree" will be easy, provided
>> > someone maintains it.
>> Hehehe, but who will step forward to do that? By now not even the
>> packages that were already packaged for TeX Live and later removed
>> were taken over into tlcontrib, so why should someone step forward
>> to do that by him/herself. But I don't care anyway ;-)
> a harsh man...  (it doesn't affect me either, but it seems to me that we
> have this excellent method of distributing stuff (via tlmgr) and it's
> silly not to use it when we can.)
> istm that it would be good to reuse the discarded packages, but we can't
> simply do that, since we don't know which packages are about to be
> discarded.  so, whoever is going to do the job needs a copy that holds a
> snapshot of its state just before mirroring, each day.  (i have such a
> thing, but i don't have any spare time :-( )
The discarded package remains forever in the svn repository so it is
possible to go back in time, extract the package and put it to
tlcontrib. The problem comes later when the nonfree package is updated
on CTAN. Someone will have to take care to update it in tlcontrib.
> robin

Zdeněk Wagner

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