[tex-live] problem with babel package

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Thu May 19 15:55:30 CEST 2011

Philipp Stephani <st_philipp at yahoo.de> wrote:

> Am 19.05.2011 um 08:37 schrieb Robin Fairbairns:
> >> OTOH, as I am soon start to package TL2011 for Debian, I am open
> >> for suggestions to improve the Debian/Ubuntu packaging? Do you
> >> prefer one big package? I guess I will get killed for that ;-)
> > 
> > what the users _really_ need is "what we had before" (for each user).
> > since i don't know what they had after their machine has been regrooved
> > with the new os, this doesn't help much.
> I think the most common problem for TeX Live in Ubuntu is that the
> packages are always outdated.

while this is a potential problem, it's not one that's bitten any of my

> For example, in 2009, Ubuntu still had
> TL 2007, and now they still have TL 2009. Since the TL package
> maintainers are usually volunteers, this makes it hard to support the
> Ubuntu packages upstream.

sure; this is a given in any discussion in this area.

the most recent occurrence i had, was that a user had tried to use
mathptmx and failed.  finding that is pretty trivial ... now that i know
how to look ... but given that psnfss hasn't been updated in years, the
one thing it definitely _wasn't_ was an outdated package issue.


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