[tex-live] texmf-dist -> texmf for TL'13

Munehiro Yamamoto munepixyz at gmail.com
Fri Jan 25 11:44:23 CET 2013

Dear Karl Berry,

This is my first post for [tex-live] ML.

I'm a core member of Vine Linux http://vinelinux.org/, in a supreme
Linux distribution
with integrated Japanese environment, making Vine Linux provide the
most enriched
built-in Japanese TeX environment.
Recently, I also contribute Darwin binaries for tlptexlive
http://tutimura.ath.cx/ptexlive/?tlptexlive%A5%EA%A5%DD%A5%B8%A5%C8%A5%EA ,
which is maintained by Norbert-san.
So, I am so much interested in this topic :-)

2013/1/25 Karl Berry <karl at freefriends.org>:
> For TL 2013, we have been contemplating merging texmf-dist back into
> texmf, so there would once again be a single tree.
> The original idea of texmf-dist was to be the "TeX tree" sharable among
> (TeX, not operating system) distributions, while texmf would be the
> binaries and other distribution-specific files.

That is a great idea.  If this idea is comitted,
we simply can package/provide TeX Live environment as distro. packages.
Indeed, I think if we distribute enough TeX Live environment as
distro. packages,
we need the following stages:
 * distribution wide from the main tree of TeX Live and distro.'s customizations
 * system wide from the local tree of system maintenance
 * per user from home user's tree,
where per user settings override system wide settings,
and system wide settings override distribution wide settings.

山本 宗宏 Munehiro "munepi" Yamamoto
    Project Vine Public Relations <munepi at vinelinux.org>
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