[OS X TeX] Installing packages

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at verizon.net
Fri Jun 4 16:40:49 CEST 2004

Joseph C. Slater wrote:

> On Jun 3, 2004, at 6:53 PM, Gerben Wierda wrote:
>> I wonder how MikTeX does this. After all, TeX/CTAN/LaTeX packages are 
>> far from standardised in how they should be processed for install.
>> If there is some system to it, I could implement this.
>> G
> Wow! Here's a message posted to this list from 3 years ago (remember 
> this Gerben?). Anyway, the way to do this may be to port MPM (The 
> MikTeX package manager) in some form.
>>     •     From: "Troy Goodson" <Troy.D.Goodson at jpl.nasa.gov>
>>     •     Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2001 08:23:41 -0800
>> At 3:56 PM +0100 11/16/01, Gerben Wierda wrote:
>> >Sadly, the docstrip stuff is not standardized and often you need to
>> >follow specific instructions in a readme to be able to compile tex
>> >packages from docstrip sources and install. There are also no
>> >standardized places, nor standardized items to do. There are only a
>> >few who at least upgrade properly by locating existig instances
>> >first.
>> >
>> >That is the reason why I do these things by hand, and then add them
>> >to my distribution, to spare other people the setup.
>> I didn't know the situation was quite this bad.  OK, How about a
>> LaTeX package manager a la fink?  Essentially, this is a set of
>> package-by-package rules for installing packages.  Basically, we
>> novice users depend on and trust the power users to write the rules.
>> *The payoff is that novice users don't have to become power users to
>> simply install a package.*  Of course, there will be some 'rare'
>> packages that it doesn't know about and it the rules it has will
>> always lag new releases of packages, but that's still better than me
>> having to figure out the arcane rules of package management.
>> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> Now here is something that I can relate to!!!
> (I wanted to SHOUT it but …)
> Regards to all.
> --schremmer

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