[tex-live] binaries 'unification'
Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Thu Nov 11 08:37:07 CET 2004
> i've made a few "unifying" changes in binaries:
> 1) the following files were regular scripts, instead of symlinks to
> I've make them symlinks to "texexec" as in all other architectures.
In my case, this is how it is submitted by me. See
which is what I submit to Sebastian or Karl.
> 2) Added missing symlinks (which are present in all other
> architectures and are generated by build, but nevertheless were
> not submitted):
Again, this is submitted. I have no idea why it is not in.
> The ONLY exception is the powerpc-darwin6.8 directory. It differs from
> other unix directories in the following ways:
> 1) it contains the following additional copies of altpdf* script which
> are not present in other architectures (and are not generated by
> standard build):
> 2) it lacks the file
> which is present in all other directories (and is generated by
> standard build)
I did not notice that this was teh case. I do a TL build under Mac OS X
10.2.8 which is followed by some fixes, like the ttf2tex and altpdf* which
is added from my local development setup.
> 3) it contains the ttf2tex script (from CTAN:support/ttf2tex ?)
> My questions are:
> 1) could we please use the same set of altpdf* scripts everywhere?
What I submit is what is in my i-Package. This is based on TL with a few
> 2) Gerben, could you please consider getting rid of this bunch of
> scripts (which are copies of each other)
It is weird that these are copies. They should all be symlinks to
altpdftex. It seems that there inclusion in the directories (which I have
never done myself) somehow changes this.
> in favor of having only
> one script named "altpdf", which will accept the "engine" as it's
> first argument? E.g. instead of
The problem with that approach is that altpdftex and friends are meant to
be a direct replacement for pdftex and friends.
Hence, you can run
and get the same result only via tex+dvips+distiller.
> altpdflambda [options and parameters]
> you would use
> altpdf lambda [options and parameters]
> and similar for all other altpdf* scripts.
That is nice too and it is indeed a better interface.
However, I would like to follow whatever TeX does. If all of TeX changes to
pdfetex lambda ....
I will too ;-)
> That will allow to avoid silly copies of the same script and having
> to add/remove the new altpdf* scripts once and for all.
> 3) could we please either remove powerpc-darwin6.8/ttf2tex or add it
> to all other unix directories?
I would say, remove it for now.
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