[arch-general] texlive (again?)
jan.spakula at gmx.com
Mon Apr 21 01:30:43 EDT 2008
I want to bring up the TeX distributions issue.
- tetex in extra: unmaintained (upstream) though still usable, some
parts are already getting outdated (pdftex, some latex packages);
- texlive in community: firmicus keeps it pretty up to date, the dist
itself is actively developed.
Proposal: Switch to texlive eventually officially (for now keeping
tex-related pkgs in community).
How it can be done:
- from the dev side:
1) "officially" announce that the switch *is* going to happen.
2) move tetex and all packages depending on it from extra to community
(that's only: kile, latex2html, lyx, texmacs)
(the trouble is that these makedep on tetex: evince, kdegraphics,
yodl; but maybe just keep tetex on the build machine for a time
- from TUs:
3) gradually replace tetex deps by texlive deps in community packages
- from users:
4) gradually replace tetex deps in AUR by texlive
- 3) and 4) don't need to happen instantly - we'll just have 2 tex
dists at the same "level" in community for a while
- note that none of the above programs link anything against tetex,
they just need working tex compiler (which texlive definitely
provides), so they don't even need to be recompiled
- the official statement is important, so that we can nag maintainers
to change dependencies ;)
- there's been on/off-going discussion about this on the forums
(http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=358172 - tomk has said
"Regarding the possibility of bringing texlive into the official repos,
there are currently two missing ingredients among the existing dev team:
interest and time. AFAIK none of us is a habitual tex user, and that
would be the first requirement." - so this proposal asks for the
opposite: bring the so far official tetex down to community, to level
it out with texlive and make the switch powered by the users
What do *you* think?
PS. Sorry for the long e-mail (about 15-times longer than I usually write).
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