[tex-live] Raspbian texlive

Boris Veytsman borisv at lk.net
Mon Sep 10 17:50:17 CEST 2012

S> From: <simon at getthingsfixed.co.uk>
S> Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 07:55:27 +0100

S> I decided that I wanted my texlive directly (via DVD then usb
S> stick) rather than from within the distro. Then I can manage my tex
S> installation via tlmgr.

S> But 2012 hasn't got the armhf binaries, so I downloaded the sources and 
S> compiled.


S> Is that all there was to it? Apart from about 8hrs runtime it wasn't any 
S> hassle to compile.

Did you compile clisp/xindy and asy?  (not that I imagine someone
would run xasy on this, but for completeness...)

S> If it is apparently that easy would I be making a foolish promise
S> to supply the official armhf binaries for texlive?

We did have requests for armhf binaries.  Arm7l binaries do run on
raspbian, but LuaTeX seems to have problems since it uses floating
point, which is implemented on armhf in a peculiar way.  So a separate
build for armhf is in the plans - at least in my plans.  I even
bought my own device, but it is still on the waiting list :(

The final decision is up to Karl, but my opinion is yes, it would be
very nice to have armhf binaries.

Karl, what do you think?

Good luck


Ha. I say let them try -- even vi+perl couldn't match the power of an
editor which is, after all, its own OS.  ;-)
		-- Johnie Ingram on debian-devel, about linking vim with libperl.so

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