[tex-live] Debian Packages of TeXlive
karl at freefriends.org
Wed Jan 12 20:53:32 CET 2005
> Debian policy requires that all binaries are dynamically linked if a
> shared library is available.
TeX Live policy is to make binaries that work on a wide variety of
machines, since we cannot know what users will have installed.
Within the world of Debian, I understand you could depend on the
packages with those other libraries, and that's fine, I understand the
security argument perfectly. But it's going to be up to people who care
about Debian to put in the time to make it work. I guess it will mean a
separate set of binaries. It's too bad effort has to be fragmented that way.
I'm not sure specifically which libraries are at issue; zlib comes to
mind, there must be others. We don't build a shared kpathsea, but maybe
Debian does, I don't know.
(tex-live needs a DVD, doesn't it?),
In its compressed form, TL fits (barely) on a CD. In its live form, it
is about 1.1gb.
Generally in TeXlive there should only be stuff which
The notable exception is that a few manuals are covered by the GFDL,
which debian-legal declared nonfree.
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