showhyphens gone?

Frank Mittelbach frank.mittelbach at
Sat Aug 27 17:05:50 CEST 2022

Am 27.08.22 um 15:46 schrieb Per Starbäck:
> Manfred Lotz <manfred at> writes:
>> The showhyphens author Patrick Gundlach decided in June that showhyphens should
>> be moved to obsolete in CTAN. If a package gets moved to obsolete/ tree then it
>> will be removed from texlive.
> Thanks for the explanation! Is that really a good policy, though? To me
> it seems obviously good if a Texlive release is rather  stable, and it
> would be better if obsoletion meant that the package isn't included in the
> *next release* of Texlive.

I think this is worth contemplating. It would help with some nasty 
surprises (and even though one could still reinstall from CTAN) it seems 
a good policy that TL XX represents the software corpus that is on the 
TL XX DVD + bug fixes and additions that happened during the year XX but 
not suddenly dropping packages while XX is the current version.


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