.tlpsrc files and package dependencies

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Mon Jun 1 16:42:44 CEST 2020

Hi all,

I have a question regarding dependences. I have looked at
zwpagelayout.tlpsrc at the mentioned URL and it is empty. I understand

1. TeX Live / MiKTeX maintainers have no time to study the code and
search for dependencies
2. I do not know the infrastructure and different TeX distros can depend

I have dependences listed in the manual but maybe it can be done
better. I have two types of dependences:

Hard: the package will not work without them at all
Soft: the package will work but som non-mandatory features will be unavailable

Similarly, I do not verify whether included packages change. I can
only specify the packages which I load explicitly. For instance, I


File somepackage.sty will contain \RequirePackage{otherpackage} but I
will not specify dependence on otherpackage for good reason. The
author of somepackage can decide that otherpackage is obsolete and it
is better to replace it with \RequirePackage{betterpackage}.

Will it help if I put the dependences to the README file?

Zdeněk Wagner

po 1. 6. 2020 v 16:27 odesílatel Norbert Preining
<norbert at preining.info> napsal:
> Hi Ivan,
> > (1) Is it possible, when uploading a package to CTAN, to attach the
> > respective .tlpsrc file with the dependencies of the package?
> Well, you can upload whatever you want to CTAN. We **might**  inlcude
> your tlpsrc file. Better probably is to send us here the list of
> dependencies, or the tlpsrc file.
> > (2) Is it conceivable to ask each package author to provide a list of
> No. It would be nice, but no, it is not conceivable.
> Best
> Norbert
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