[texworks] Ubuntu packages

Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard mpg at elzevir.fr
Tue Jun 23 01:39:54 CEST 2009

Hi Karl,

Karl Berry a écrit :
>     I've created a Launchpad team named "TeXworks" 
> Isn't there some way we can do this in a distro-agnostic way?
>From a technical point of view, I fear the problems with all the libraries
linked dynamically. We would need to have nearly one binary for each variant of
the incompatible versions numbers and I'm afraid of a combinatorial explosion.
The advantage of the distro-specific binaries is that each distro+version has a
fixed set of library version.

>From the user point of view (well, my personal point of view as a user, but I
think it's shared by some Linux users I know), installing packages from one's
distro repository (or a specific repo, using the distro's package management
system anyway) is the most natural and easy way. I tend to think that the people
who are wanting to install without using their distro's repo are likely to be
able/willing to compile from source.

> Fragmenting the information onto personal home pages, distro-specific
> pages, etc., just seems wrong to me.  By all means, let's have mention
> of TW in all such places, but it should just point back to a central TW
> location.
What I've seen on many projects' pages (and usually appreciate as user) is to
propose a few binaries (esp. windows ones) and give the list of distros for
which the software is packaged. I seems appropriate for TeXworks imo.


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