[tex-live] Perl modules

Karl Berry karl at freefriends.org
Tue Apr 15 19:56:22 CEST 2014

Hi Boris,

    There are Perl libraries useful for TeX: Text::BibTeX

I can think of two approaches, neither easy:

1) use Par::Packer to create binaries, a la biber.  Not fun, hard for
everyone, painful to maintain, takes lots of space.  So, probably better
would be:

2) we install the modules somewhere under texmf-dist/scripts (details
would depend on many things, we'd have to discuss), and you write your
scripts to add that directory to @INC, based on $0.  install-tl
(simpler), tlmgr (more complex), or our "internal" scripts in tlpkg/bin
do analogous things.

Prerequisite and conflicting modules are another possible point of
difficulty, but I don't know what we can do about either one.  A few
small modules is no problem, but trying to include HTML:: or XML::
anything would be a disaster, for example.



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