[tex-live] how to check out version X of package Y from SVN?

Mojca Miklavec mojca.miklavec.lists at gmail.com
Sat Sep 17 10:59:20 CEST 2011

On Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 10:47, Norbert Preining wrote:
> On Fr, 16 Sep 2011, Mojca Miklavec wrote:
>> How are tar.xz archives generated? Do you simply feed the compression
>> program with a list of files to be compressed?
> Specify what you need! Do you need an old revision as shipped in
> tlnet at some point?


I'm right in the middle of writing a script that does that.

> If yes, tehn you have to:
> - check the texlive.tlpdb that was checked in on that day, and was shipped
>  to tlnet at that day
> - check out the revision that provided the telxive.tlpdb, check out the
>  whole tree (you cannot use a current tree, as files might have been
>  added/removed)

I will use
    mkdir -p path1 path2 ...
    svn export -r<revision> file1 path1/
    svn export -r<revision> file2 path2/
instead. I don't want to spend years waiting for complete checkouts :)

> - copy the files listed in the tlpdb

> tar.xz are created from the texlive.tlpdb with tl-update-containers,
> i.e., reading the tlpdb, comparing with already present packages in
> tlnet, updating new ones, removing old ones, etc.

My initial question was if there was a quick hack that would enable me
to use one of the scripts (like tl-update-containers) to do the same
as you describe above, but if there is nothing ready-to-be-used, it
will take me less time to write my own script than to understand what
is going on it TL scripts and modify them. And my code is almost
finished now.


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