[tex-live] problem with babel package

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Sat May 21 00:24:51 CEST 2011

On 2011-05-20 at 10:42:04 +0200, Philipp Stephani wrote:

 > When someone posts a question somewhere about LaTeX, the first
 > answer is often "your TeX system is outdated." I agree that
 > requiring every user to install the newest TeX system is not
 > realistic, but then these answers should be avoided. [...]

Yes, these laconic answers should be avoided indeed.  In most cases
people suggest updates only because they see the version number of the
TeX executable in the log file and haven't read the actual question at

Depending on the network connection, such an update can take several
hours.  Hence, such unqualified responses are quite annoying.

 > But unfortunately, authors can only support the newest version.

Authors know what they've changed, thus they can tell you at least
whether an update is necessary.  And people who want to help could at
least check whether things work better on an up-to-date system.

In short: It's extremely annoying if people say that an update is
necessary though they don't know themselves whether it solves the
problem at all.


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