[tex-live] Re: context / directory structure
olaf at infovore.xs4all.nl
Thu May 13 05:05:40 CEST 2004
Karl Berry writes:
> (Back on some older mail.)
> the boundary condition that files are unique is a dangerous one
> (where did it come from?);
> It has been there since I first implemented subdirectory searching for
> Web2c, what, 15 years ago or so (gadzooks!). In any given search path,
> if two files have the same name, it's indeterminate which one you'll get.
> Indeed, since the map files are incompatible, we could need more search
> paths. However, in practice, I note that right now there are no
> filename duplications within texmf*/fonts/map. So I guess we have
> muddled through to this point.
> A better solution, as many have pointed out but none have implemented,
> would be to make map files more consistent between programs, with a
> commonly-agreed syntax for extensions so that programs can ignore
> extensions not meant for them or not implemented yet. Unfortunately I
> cannot take that on. Is anyone inclined?
If the code is to be common, it might make sense to move the parser
into either web2c/lib/lib.a or into linkpathsea (the latter perhaps in
the longer run).
The main issue to figure out what has to be implemented. Once that is
known, it shouldn't be hard.
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