TeXLive for Net/FreeBSD

Edd Barrett vext01 at gmail.com
Sat Jul 21 20:27:54 UTC 2007

Hi Nikola,

On 21/07/07, Nikola Lecic <nlecic at eunet.yu> wrote:
> Yes, I saw this on texlive mailing list, excellent job!


> I'd like to ask
> Hiroki Sato, you and everyone interested/involved in this (and I'm not
> fluent in OpenBSD ports interface...) for their opinion regarding to
> what extent are parts of TeXLive (or are about to be) modularised --
> i.e. how the new releases of TeXLive elements (e.g. ConTeXt, XeTeX) can
> be integrated?

The project has a dependency "infrastructure" API, which is being
re-written as we speak. In 2007 it was the TPM (TeX package manager)
system, which I parsed using a python script - MfSplit  (which you may
download from my web-page).

> I use this opportunity to offer a help; I'm particularly interested in
> XeTeX-related stuff (xetex, (lib)icu-xetex, (lib)graphite-engine,
> xdvipdfmx) since I use it.

Be aware that the icu lib must be static in tl, as they have modified it.

What do you do with all of this software, may I ask?

> For example, development version of xetex
> (currently not in TeXLive source) includes support for Graphite. I'd
> like to see (or maybe to maintain, test, or whatever) a xetex-devel
> port, that can replace standard xetex port (as it is the case with many
> other applications).

Sounds like you are planning on making a far more "fine grained" port
than I have. Be warned it is a massive port that will drive you insane
if you get too involved. I have my port in only 4 modules. Read the
PDF I linked for more info.

> Just one more question, why do you call TeXLive "LaTeX distribution"? I
> think that LaTeX is just one part, and by no means the central one.

Im aware. Quote from the main page of thier site "TeX Live is an easy
way to get up and running with TeX". Make of it what you will :P

> I'm now going to read your document more carefully.

Hope there are no typo's!

> Nikola Lečić

Best Regards



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