[tex-live] Add include and lib directories to TeX live?

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Tue May 12 21:08:52 CEST 2015

On Tue, May 12, 2015 at 11:55 AM, David M. Jones <dmj at dmj.ams.org> wrote:

> > Date: Mon, 11 May 2015 22:57:05 +0000
> > From: Karl Berry <karl at freefriends.org>
> > CC: <tex-live at tug.org>
> > In my experience, there is no way for a third party like us
> > to release shared libraries intended for general use and have them be
> > anything but a source of frustration.
> Fair enough.
> > You could release your Perl bindings regardless of what is or isn't in
> > TL -- I see no reason not to.
> Sure, but it's a lot easier to write installation instructions if I
> can just say "install this package" rather than "find the source code
> and...".  My memory (and it's been a couple of years since I last did
> it) is that it was more than just connecting to the kpathsea directory
> in the texlive source code directory and then typing configure and
> make.  But I might have missed something.
15 years ago there was

It could be useful to see if this is worth resurrecting with your
bindings.  There was also a python-kpathsea
that used the library and headers in TeTeX.

> Most distros do include kpathsea
> > libraries.
> I assume you mean Linux distributions?  I didn't realize that.
> Thanks, that's good to know.

For OS X, macports' texlive installs kpathsea libraires, headers, and

Where I work we use a Fortran source program for teaching and found
that installing Octave was the easiest way to get a working Fortran compiler
with the libraries we needed installed in student labs using Windows.  I
Octave no longer uses kpathsea, but someone may know of other applications
that provide a kpathsea library for Windows.

> > So most users would like your bindings to work with those
> > libraries, rather than anything that could come with TL.
> That's not clear to me, but it's moot.
> David.

George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia
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