[OS X TeX] security issue?

Victor Ivrii vivrii at gmail.com
Wed Aug 6 23:07:36 CEST 2008

On Tue, Aug 5, 2008 at 7:13 AM, Peter Dyballa <Peter_Dyballa at web.de> wrote:
> I don't see much sense in uploading executables – there exist links (URLs)
> in Internet.

The question is about compiled binaries. Some software say on
SourceForge exist as the source (or there could be found binaries but
not for MacOS). Not everyone has installed developer tools (even if
IMHO every serious user must). Sometimes one can find obsolete
binaries (say gnuplot 4.0 while 4.2.3 is far superior). Should we
upload such binaries?

So far I took conservative path: xpdf because in almost never compiles
on Mac properly (cannot find freetype2) but I managed.

Probably we need a certain common decision. Definitely binaries which
are difficult to compile (lets forget about MacPorts or Fink) should
be uploaded xpdf. Definitely up-to-date binaries which could be easily
should not be. But there is a gray zone of binaries which are easy to
compile but one cannot find them easily and here some common policy


Victor Ivrii, Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto

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