[tex-live] Tex-Live 2004 Windows Installer
sebastian.rahtz at computing-services.oxford.ac.uk
Sun Nov 28 17:59:47 CET 2004
Jason Gatz wrote:
> Making it do both ZIPs and filesystem would probably require hard
> coding everything and then simply checking which version of TeXLive is
> on the CD-ROM, but since you already have a Unix-based script to do
> this have you considered perhaps converting everything to Perl (or
> other scripting language) and making a Win32 GUI front end for it?
Its been talked about several times. But no-one has ever found the
energy to tackle it.
The current script dates back to TeX Live 1, when Thomas created first
It has not changed dramatically since then. Yes, it could be rewritten
in Perl, though
you'd have to assume everyone had Perl installed. Putting a GUI on it
would be good,
The bottom line is that production of TeX Live has been a matter of
firefighting for the
last 4-5 years; people who have worked on it (and a lot of effort has
have been improving the product itself, and no-one has wanted to take on
a rewrite of the installer.
I freely confess that I personally don't want to work on the installer,
rather concentrate on producing Linux .deb or .rpm packages.
If you have some time to spend on a new portable install script, it
would be a really
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