[tex-live] Updating packages over the internet a la MiKTeX
m.hallgren at free.fr
Sat Jun 5 22:51:02 CEST 2004
RCS, CVS, Subversion, or,... straight into the package branches?
> -----Message d'origine-----
> De : tex-live-bounces at tug.org
> [mailto:tex-live-bounces at tug.org] De la part de Sebastian Rahtz
> Envoyé : samedi 5 juin 2004 22:22
> À : Gerben Wierda
> Cc : texlive
> Objet : Re: [tex-live] Updating packages over the internet a la MiKTeX
> Gerben Wierda wrote:
> > MiKTeX (http://miktex.sourceforge.net) keeps a set of .cab
> files (some
> > sort of archive format for windows) which are submitted by a
> > community. These archive files are on every CTAN mirror,
> btw. There is
> > probably also an index somewhere. A MiKTeX installation knows which
> > versions of those archives it has installed and can thus detect if
> > there is a newer version of a (La)TeX package available. It
> can even
> > install a missing package when this is detected during a
> TeX run. It
> > does not rely on source distribution for (La)TeX packages
> as there is
> > no generic way of installing these. Not all have a
> "install.ins" file
> > for instance and some even require some technical
> intervention. Hence,
> > MiKTeX lets its developer community do the install, create
> an archive
> > for that and distribute *that*.
> > So, what is needed is a set of archives (not unpacked as
> > downloading will be a problem) that can be installed in a
> texmf tree
> > and that have versioning.
> you have the information needed for that in TL already. for
> package X, read the corrresponding TPM file, which has the
> dates in. Compare with your local copy of the TPM file. If
> needed, fetch the files.
> you say "not unpacked as implementing downloading will be a
> problem"; if thats an issue, write a service on a TL mirror
> which packages up files in a zip or cab format on demand.
> Yes, I know this needs several utility packages to be
> written, and I am not volunteering, but it strikes me as
> fairly straightforward to implement.
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