[tex-live] newalg

Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard mpg at elzevir.fr
Sun Oct 5 15:20:37 CEST 2008

Victor Ivrii a écrit :
> On Sun, Oct 5, 2008 at 8:39 AM, Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard <mpg at elzevir.fr> wrote:
>> Robin Fairbairns a écrit :
> Actually I am more concerned with packages which are discovered to be
> non-free

By the way, packages which are discovered to have no other license
statement that docstrip's automatic headers are a particular case of
packages which are discovered to be non-free...

> and are removed from TL. Experimental version of TL really
> removes packages and in any Math Dept (or similar structures) one can
> find at least couple of users with the very small knowledge and very
> large aplomb who would tear apart system manager if some package they
> use suddenly disappears (as our sysadmin tells it is enough that they
> come with "You modified something and the file we processed before
> cannot be processed anymore!!! No, no, we modified nothing, it was
> YOU!!!" -- then he restores from backup and diff shows that these guys
> really modified their files". My esteemed colleagues go away grudging
> something like "Next time we will get you")
Yep, at the beginning I was thinking it should maybe be an option, or...
See my answer in the other thread: sometimes we remove packages for
other reasons (merging, either on our side, or because of inclusion in a
new bundle on CTAN). So if we want to prevent non-free packages from
being removed but remove others, we have to propagate a reason fro
removal or sthg like that. I'm sure no-one in the team wants to do this.

By the way, our sysadmins at university have a quite clear policy about
upgrading software in general and TeX Live in particular: they upgrade
only once every two years or so, and when they do, they send an e-mail
to every one saying "we just upgraded, please check your documents" (not
that most users actually read the sysadmin's mails or do what it asks,
but...) While I don't like the side-effect that we are still stuck with
TL'05 for still a few months, I must admit it works pretty well.


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