[tex-live] Problem with pax.win32

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Sun Mar 30 17:23:30 CEST 2014

2014-03-30 17:15 GMT+02:00 Philip Taylor <P.Taylor at rhul.ac.uk>:
> [Sanitised version, for public distribution]
> Robin Fairbairns wrote:
>> long ago, i installed active perl.  it didn't contain all the
>> libraries (or whatever they're called) that i needed.  does active
>> perl, now, come with all that tex live needs?  if not, i would
>> suggest the discussion is moot.
> I do not know, because I have neither a comprehensive list of the Perl
> scripts in the current TeX Live, nor do I have a regression-test
> framework with which to ensure that all work with Active Perl as
> required. All I can say is that I have never used any Perl other
> than Active Perl, and I have never had occasion to find fault with it.
Last time I tried to use another windows perl than that shipped with
TL I found that its Tk is incomplete and unusable for any PerlTk
program. I do not know whether the current Active Perl contains
complete Tk.
>> personally, i'm willing to accept the assertion of the people who
>> actually do the work, that bundling a perl distro isn't "on".  (the
>> last time i worked on preparing a tl release, it was with seb rahtz.
>> it's a bigger operation now...)
> It is indeed.  But the development is, in the main, carried out by
> those who use an *X-derivative as their primary platform.  I think
> it is therefore reasonable to challenge such assertions on the basis
> that, if the primary developers were Windows-oriented rather than
> *X-oriented, those assertions might be very different.
> ** Phil.

Zdeněk Wagner

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