[OS X TeX] Installing packages
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Mon Jun 7 17:25:15 CEST 2004
Am 06.06.2004 um 16:39 schrieb Gerben Wierda:
> CTAN has *everything* ('comprehensive'). But it does not have
> versioning or quality control or whatever. And it is unusable for
> everyone except the most diehard geeks.
It is indeed geeky, but it's lots better than compared to 10, 5 or even
2 years ago what with the TeX Catalogue and better organisation of
files. And if you can make someone understand how to run latex on the
*.ins files you're halfway there.
> TL draws on it, checks for or creates TDS conformance and creates the
> version stamp files that are also used by MiKTeX. So TL directly is an
> option as soon as it becomes available online through other means than
> perforce. MiKTeX uses TL but also other means (it does its own
> versioning but uses TL) as sometimes they have newer versions than TL.
> Currently, it seems to me that MiKTeX has both high quality and is
> regularly updated. So my guess is that I should look into that.
> Hoever, teTeX (my current base) does not use the versioning of TL (it
> draws from CTAN directly and has its own quality process) so a move to
> MiKTeX would imply a move with the base system as well.
I can't tell you really why, but it doesn't feel right.
> Note that i-Installer makes that easy enough, I could have a
> tetex.miktex tree and let the user decide at configure time to use
> teTeX or MiKTeX as the base.
Well, since CTAN files can't be easily nudged into some automatic
installation scheme and MikTeX has its own packaging system, why don't
we as a TeX community come up with one, too? How about we created a
little group of volunteers, maybe 10-15 people, where everybody was
assigned a small part of the contrib directory on CTAN/macros/latex.
Everybody could then work out how each package was to be installed. I
think most packages are really very straightforward to install: latex
*.ins, latex *.dtx, put the *.sty in a macros directory, put *.dvi in a
doc directory etc. These could be marked as 'easy' or something like
that i.e. they could be automatically installed. For the rest, packages
would be nice. It would be a bit of work in the beginning, but
certainly worthwhile. Count me in as one of the would-be-volunteers :-)
What do you think?
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