[tex-live] teTeX: no next release

Michael A. Peters mpeters at mac.com
Wed May 31 23:45:18 CEST 2006

On Mon, 2006-05-29 at 13:47 -0500, Karl Berry wrote:
>     the tetex{...}.rpm collection was sadly out of date. I've never
>     actually found out why, or who was supplying it to the Red Hat
> Years ago, I heard from a (non-TeX) friend at RH that they added a ton
> of patches to support Japanese to their rpm's.  Those changes were never
> backported to the mainstream distributions, and indeed I had never heard
> about them.  So then RH said they can't update because it's too much
> work to re-port their Japanese changes to a new release.  Nice, huh?

Fedora packaging of teTeX 3.0 has the Japanese stuff inside it.
At least it does for FC4 and FC5. I can't speak for RHEL, as I do not
use it for anything.

> I didn't bother to try confirming or unconfirming this, and have no idea
> what's currently in the RH or FC distributions.

The Japanese patching looks to me like it is mostly the addition of
files, rather than the patching of what Esser had in the source.

I would think it would be better to do it as a separate package
completely, but I don't know who made the decision and why, or what the
history of it is. From the obsoletes/provides I'm guessing it use to be
a separate packaging.

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