[tex-live] Directory structure for package including files

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Wed Jun 29 01:54:01 CEST 2016

On 2016-06-28 at 21:46:27 +0000, Karl Berry wrote:

 >     all my intentions certainly get lost.
 > In the case when an author has a straightforward-enough package but
 > wants certain files in certain places, it is fine to either include
 > an installation note in the README, or with the CTAN upload (they
 > pass it on to me), or, if I install it wrong, report the problem
 > and I will fix it.  Not an issue.  Much better than making a
 > .tds.zip just to "work around" my bug.

Sure.  I actually didn't have tds.zip files in mind.  What I suggest
is a flat hierarchy on CTAN like


The CTAN team assumes that users want to browse the files.  But web
browsers display only files with particular filename extensions and
offer to download everything else.  So it's useful to have browsable
and unrecognized files in different directories.  In this case you get
the information where an author wants to have his files installed for

Admittedly, I never used the CTAN web interface for accessing anything
but documentation.  Browsing anything else is nearly impossible. 

I suppose that even if an author provides everything in a single
directory, the CTAN team sorts out the documentation, at least.

 > Notwithstanding, I think .tds.zip is fine and appropriate for
 > vntex.

Good to know.  It saves us a lot of time because our svn repository
has been TDS compliant from the beginnig.


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