can't build teTeX port in FreeBSD 8.2 amd64

Anton Shterenlikht mexas at
Sat Jul 16 00:05:10 UTC 2011

On Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 10:19:13PM +0200, Roland Smith wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 09:03:24AM +0100, Anton Shterenlikht wrote:
> > On Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 05:08:16PM +0100, Jamie Paul Griffin wrote:
> > > > I would advise you to get TeXLive instead, but that is just me.  You
> > > > can install from TeXLive DVD, or go get a DVD with packages:
> > >  
> > >  I would second that. It comes comlete with FreeBSD binaries for i386 and amd64 in the 2010 release and installing it is really easy.
> > > 
> > 
> > what about ia64, sparc64 and the rest?
> Those platforms are relatively rare. To the best of my knowledge, only a
> handful of people (myself included) have requested FreeBSD binaries. And if
> the TeXLive developers don't have access to the hardware in question...

which is why patching teTeX would be
my preferred course of action in the
short term.

> > What exactly is missing from teTeX?
> > I use latex daily, and so far haven't
> > found a package which is not already
> > included as part of teTeX. Of course,
> > my usage is specific to what I need,
> > it's not exhaustive.
> teTeX is missing (among others) luaTeX, a recent conTeXt, pdfjam, Xe(La)TeX,
> bibtex8, amstex, latexdiff, metafun, pdfnup. 
> A unified diff between the texmf trees from teTeX to TeXLive is 54150 lines,
> of which 8445 are deletions and 42939 are additions.

yes, I get your point.

> Also, from the teTeX homepage:
> 	 I (Thomas Esser) have decided not to make new releases of teTeX any more
> 	 (May 2006). The information below might get out of date as time goes
> 	 by. I suggest anybody interested in teTeX to join the TeX Live project.
> So teTeX is effectively EOL.

Yes, I'm aware of this, but texlive
is not an option for me, unless and
until it appears in the port tree.
But I'm also aware of the "step up
or shut up" reality, so I shut up.

Anton Shterenlikht
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