[tex-live] texmf-dist/doc vs texmf/doc

Zdenek Wagner wagner at cesnet.cz
Fri Aug 18 22:29:37 CEST 2006

> The texmf-doc tree was intended for "packages" which are documentation
> only, primarily so that they could be organized by language.  It also
> reduces the size of texmf-dist a little bit.  (This was Fabrice's idea,
> and I think it actually works pretty well.)  But I'm not sure you're
> really asking about texmf-doc.
>     E.g. why is latex2e.pdf in texmf
> Hmm, I can't think of a good reason right now why the files in
> texmf/doc/latex/base are there instead of texmf-dist.  I'll be updating
> LaTeX in TL soon, and will reconsider this.  (I never thought about it
> before, I just inherited it :).  Sebastian?)
>     and the rest of latex packages in texmf-dist, while the actual files
>     used by TeX are all in texmf-dist?
As I remember, it is (or at least was) possible to select whether the
documentation is also installed. Couldn't it be somehow related?

> The theoretical idea (again, Fabrice's) behind texmf-dist vs. texmf is
> to separate out files which are implementation-independent (e.g., TeX macros)
> from those which are implementation-dependent (e.g., binaries).  So all
> the LaTeX macros are in texmf-dist.
> k
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Zdeněk Wagner

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