[tex-live] Removal of startTexFig

Tom Rokicki rokicki at gmail.com
Wed Jun 17 23:45:39 CEST 2015

Thanks, Karl!  I'll make note of that from here on out.

Josef, this is probably something your users should be
aware of; the non-free nature of psfig means that any
use is restricted to distributions that have properly
sublicensed the relevant code.  The license the code
was available under is incompatible with the GPL and
thus the code cannot be distributed with TexLive or
with most Linux distributions.

Your users might be able to switch to epsfig (with
some effort).  Otherwise, they may need to use a more
modern alternative.


On Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 2:37 PM, Karl Berry <karl at freefriends.org> wrote:
>> a missing macro (startTexFig).
> Hi Tom (and Josef) - sorry for not explicitly reporting this to you.
> The discussion was a post on tex-live:
> http://tug.org/pipermail/tex-live/2015-April/036489.html
> (followed by two replies from me, the first of which is about something
> else, the second mentions psfig).
> There was no option to not remove the macro, what with the explicit
> "don't take money" provision.  I would have removed it myself long ago
> if I had noticed it.
> Since psfig itself was removed from TeX Live eight years ago (for the
> same reason, as I recall), I didn't think it was necessary to note this
> subsidiary thing in the publicized change list.  Sorry about that.
> If you have any interest in trying to track down Trevor Darrell (psfig
> author) and ask him about allowing psfig material to be released under a
> free software license, that would be great.
> Best,
> Karl

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