[tex-live] Ruby interpreter for Windows in the TeXLive distribution?
jonathan_kew at sil.org
Fri Jun 30 14:46:16 CEST 2006
On 30 Jun 2006, at 1:05 pm, Frank Küster wrote:
> only questions, apart from flames,
(Yes... can we move that to the os-wars at tug.org list? Thanks!)
> that were discussed seem to be
> - Is it necessary and possible to include a ruby installer archive on
> the TeXlive media?
> - Is it possible to prepare it for live use, i.e. without local
> installation? How important is live usage?
> The answer to the first question is yes, with the link above. The
> second question so far has only been asked, not answered.
I'd suggest that this subject (and other similar ones) should be
viewed in three parts, not just two (for any given OS that texlive
(1) is it appropriate to include an installer for [utility X on
system Y] on the texlive media?
-- yes, space (and licenses) permitting, if it is useful for specific
(2) should [utility X on system Y] work "live" from the texlive
media, without local installation?
-- as above, where feasible, though it's not critical that every tool
can run this way if we don't have the time and resources to get this
done in all cases.
(3) should the texlive installation process install a "private" copy
of [utility X on system Y], or should local installations default to
using already-available utilities, and leave the user to install them
separately if needed?
-- this is the hardest call, IMO.... In the case of my OS X and Linux
machines, I don't want a texlive installer that sets up a separate
sandboxed copy of Perl/Ruby/Python/Ghostscript/ImageMagick/whatever;
I want the TeX world to use the current versions of these utilities
from my system. If texlive includes packages so that I can install/
update to the versions it needs, so much the better, but that's not a
I'm less familiar with the Windows world, but my instinct is to favor
system-wide installation of such things there as well. I realize that
a lot of these tools are not typically preinstalled, though, so it
would be nice if a texlive installer could inform the user of missing
pieces and where (on the TL media) to find them, or even offer to
automatically install them. But I have no idea how to go about that
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