[tex-live] TL and win32

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Sat Dec 23 17:31:02 CET 2006

>>>>> <Disgusted at Royal-Tunbridge-Wells.Org> writes:

  > Isn't it time that we (by which I mean "we software developers",
  > although it is a long while since I could call myself that with
  > any degree of justification) came up with a system that /could/
  > allow us to guarantee that our particular software package would
  > run as expected without requiring that our system, and our system
  > alone, had the right to pre-empt the first slot in the path
  > specification ?

I agree, but we need much more time and/or more volunteers.

The main reason why it should be first in PATH is that we can never be
sure that old tex stuff is completely removed.  This always caused
problems in the past.  Suppose that someone has an old tex binary
somewhere but removed the old texmf tree.  Things like this had been
reported several times on the teTeX list.  I don't expect any trouble
if people did not made changes manually and use the TeXLive installer.

As far as ghostscript is concerned, yes, I hope we find a better
solution next year.  We have to change all programs which depend on gs
before we rename the binaries.


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