TeTeX and TeXLive
bakul at bitblocks.com
Sun Dec 16 19:16:08 PST 2007
> It is because we cannot make a port of software that is not in
> TeXLive. Some localized TeX variants use non-standard software and
> sometimes it conflicts ones in TeXLive for example, so a TeXLive port
> as it is does not work there (the current teTeX port and the related
> ports work, btw). Also, I do not want to bother people who are not
> interested in using TeX itself but need to install software which
> depends on TeX (not related TeX and just for typesetting a document
> during the building stage, for example). I do not like an >500MB
> package will be installed when I just want to install a small piece
> of software.
> Supporting minimal installation is needed for these reasons. One
> large package of TeXLive would make people happy for the moment, but
> they would notice and suffer from issues of integration with other
> ports and consistent upgrading.
Thanks for your explanation.
> Do you think splitting it to small packages will be a big problem? I
> realize it takes additional time, but considering pros and cons I
> think it is better to do so. If you have any ideas that points to a
> bad scenario, please let me know more specific.
I don't have a specific example except that xorg is more
painful to build and debug now if something goes wrong on my
system. On one machine I have about 500 ports installed and
over half of them are X related: xorg-*, x libraries, fonts
etc. So the thought of 1000 additional port is quite scary!
I understand you have a tough problem to solve. I just
wondered if there is a simpler alternative, a way to balance
flexibility with simplicity.
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