can't build teTeX port in FreeBSD 8.2 amd64

Anton Shterenlikht mexas at
Mon Jul 18 10:13:47 UTC 2011

On Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 11:38:22AM +0200, Polytropon wrote:
> On Mon, 18 Jul 2011 10:19:13 +0100, Anton Shterenlikht wrote:
> > If you know of another tex project where teTeX fails,
> > please send me the details. I'm keen to patch
> > teTeX as far as possible with no major
> > changes to TDS, i.e. just adding or updating
> > a package.
> If TeXlive is (or becomes) "the LaTeX" (obsoleting teTeX),
> there should be a proper integration with the ports system,
> e. g. downloading the ISO and running the install scripts
> when you do "make install", and even pkg_add should be
> possible.
> Furthermore, there should be a way to define dependencies
> correctly, e. g. if you've already installed TeXlive, there's
> no obvious reason to also install teTeX - except some ports
> define it as a dependency. So maybe there could be a switch
> to define an override or a preference, e. g. in /etc/make.conf
> in a form of LATEX=TEXLIVE or LATEX=TETEX (with a reasonable
> default, maybe really =TEXLIVE), and ports depending on
> "some LaTeX" should honor this preference.
> Even with our endless hard disks, some users do not see it
> as "good practice" to install two functionally nearly
> identical software packages. :-)
> I'm writing this as a long-term teTeX user.

What I suggested does not in any way
interfere with any ongoing work to bring
texlive into ports. As long as texlive
is not in ports, patching teTeX is useful.

Anton Shterenlikht
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