[tex-live] binaries differences

Gerben Wierda Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Sun Jan 7 17:48:46 CET 2007

On Jan 7, 2007, at 17:34 , Jonathan Kew wrote:

> On 7 Jan 2007, at 4:07 pm, Vladimir Volovich wrote:
>> 1) obvious problems:
>> hppa-hpux:
>>   missing binaries: dvipng
> Tim was having build problems with this, but I think it may be solved
> now (IIRC).
>> powerpc-darwin:
>>   missing symlink: xeplain
> I recently noticed that we have a slightly broken situation here.
> xeplain would be the "eplain" format loaded by the xetex engine, and
> the build process creates the appropriate symlink. However, the
> xeplain.ini file that would be used to create the format isn't
> actually present in TL.
> Question: do people think the eplain macros are sufficently widely
> used that it's worthwhile to ship this additional support for using
> them with xetex, or should we simply remove the xeplain symlink and
> leave this as something a user could do if desired? IOW, should I (a)
> add xeplain.ini or (b) remove the xeplain links and fmtutil.cnf entry?
>> 2) possible problems:
>> i386-darwin, powerpc-darwin:
>>   missing binaries: pdfopen pdfclose
>>   extra binaries: bbox ps2eps
>> from previous year's discussions i understand that pdfopen/pdfclose
>> aren't needed on Mac OS X.
> Neither needed nor useful.
>> but why do the Mac OS X binaries have bbox and ps2eps? they aren't
>> built from TL sources. it seems bad that TL does some such hacks.
> I don't know about these; they don't get created when I do a build,
> but Gerben has them among his binaries. Gerben, can you explain them,
> and should they be included (for all platforms?).

These are add-ons from my distribution. Feel free to remove them, but  
they come with my standard build. I think these are user requests  
from a while back. They are GPL-ed



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