TeTeX and TeXLive

Ulrich Spoerlein uspoerlein at gmail.com
Wed Dec 19 13:25:58 PST 2007

On Sun, 16.12.2007 at 22:59:55 +0900, Hiroki Sato wrote:
>  This is a progress report from the current teTeX maintainer who is
>  trying to update TeX in the ports tree to TeXLive.  As I explained,
>  if we go with the finer-grained package model, over 1000 ports have
>  to be added at a time, so testing them should be done in a separate
>  tree at least.  I hope I will be able to set up a public tree for
>  testing and collaborative work this month...
>  Any comments are welcome.  Thanks.

As I'm not doing any work, my vote doesn't count, but please: Creating
2-3 *big* TeXLive ports is certainly wrong, but creating 1000 tiny ports
is equally wrong. Think about the repo bloat and churn introduced by a
"single" software like a LaTeX system. It will slow down everything from
cvs checkout, to index building and pkg_info(1).

Can't you split the TeXLive Distribution up into say 12 ports? Something
minimal that can be used by other ports to typeset documentation (how
common is this, anyway?) and 3-4 big TeXLive ports for the typical TeX

Ulrich Spoerlein
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