[tex-live] trouble starting context on latest tl2008 developer snapshot
preining at logic.at
Mon Jul 7 16:53:19 CEST 2008
First of all, thanks a lot for testing all this. It is a huge help.
On Mo, 07 Jul 2008, Taco Hoekwater wrote:
> I ran the networked installer in a virtual box running suse 11, and
> initially, my virtual box screen size was 800x600. That does not
> combine with the -gui option of install-tl: the Tk window simply
> doesn't display the bottom part of the installation screen.
I know. But I have NO idea how to work around that in a portable
Unix/Win32 way. But then, as you said, 800x600 ... welll .....
> maybe it would be better to give a message and abort or fall back
> to the non-gui version instead of drawing a useless window?
If you can tell me how to get the screen dimensions from Perl/TK, yes
> I first installed the 'texlive scheme for context', and later a 'texlive
> full' as well. In both cases, the download and installation went fine,
Good to hear!
> no problems at all. It looks like the 'context' scheme installs a fair
> number of packages that are not actually needed by context users, but
That is probably due to the fact that
and those in turn
loads of metapost packages
many packages, too
If you want to reduce this please we can work on that. But we need
suggestions. Maybe Mojca want to .... ;-))))
> After installation was complete, I had to fiddle a bit to get the
> binaries included in the path, I am not sure whether that is supposed
> to be handled by the installer or not?
Windows or Unix?
On Windows it shoul dwork out of the box. Ok, you have to restart a new
On Unix there is the option to add symlinks into standard directories.
In any case NOTHING is changed on Unix wrt $PATH. It never has been that
> texexec test
> texexec --xtx test
> both ran out of the box, excellent! This is already better than ever.
Fine. Yes. I had to fix fmtutil to work with double cont-en lines
(pdftex/xetex), but now it works. We have activated pdftex and xetex
based context formats immediately.
> However, context+luatex did not run. The problem was that the
> installation does not create the link for "mtxrun" in the binaries
> directory, so I had to do that manually. It did create the other
> two script links ("context" and "luatools"), only "mtxrun" was missing.
> But "context" is a shell wrapper that runs "mtxrun -script context",
> so the "context" command was broken as well. I just copied "luatools"
> to "mtxrun" and edited it to change luatools.lua into mtxrun.lua, that
> was good enough.
Ok, so that boils down to:
- for unix: link luatools.lua and mtxrun.lua to $bindir (without .lua)
(that is not installation time thing, but should be done in the
- for win32 we use a .bat wrapper for starting texlua files, that should
work for mtxrun and luatools, too.
Anything else? I didn't understand you completely. Do we have to have
all three (context, mtxrun, luatools) in the $bindir-s, or only a subset
> There is a bit of post-install work that is needed for context+luatex
> that is not done by the installer, I ran those two commands by hand:
That can be added. We have a general post installation action system set
up. So if we need that, we can do that.
> luatools --generate
> (this sets up the texmf cache)
Where does it put the cache?
> context --make --compile cont-en
> (this creates the format inside said cache)A
> Jesse, can you please try my recipe to make sure I got it right?
Please report back, Jesse, and I will try to implement that in the
Dr. Norbert Preining <preining at logic.at> Vienna University of Technology
Debian Developer <preining at debian.org> Debian TeX Group
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