[tex-live] Changes for 2010?

Khaled Hosny khaledhosny at eglug.org
Sun Apr 18 23:01:44 CEST 2010

On Sun, Apr 18, 2010 at 09:19:14PM +0200, Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard wrote:
> Simon Spiegel a écrit :
> > Are there plans to make luatex updates available to tlmgr? That would seem
> > like a quite substantial improvement to me.
> > 
> Unless I'm mistaken, there is no technical problem with the current
> insfrastructure concerning binaries updates. The fact that we don't ship newer
> binaries for LuaTeX more than once a year is rather a matter of policy. We want
> to avoid problems with binaries changing too fast, and besides, we don't have an
> automated build infrastructure, so building TeX Live binaries is a non-trivial task.
> Besides, even if we decided to update binaries between major versions (which I'm
> not saying we're likely to do, just do be clear), we'd probably only ship
> "stable" betas of LuaTeX (0.X0.y), and there are not so many of them between two
> yearly TL releases (TL 2010 had 0.40.6, TL2010 is going to ship 0.60.x, only
> 0.50 is "missing").
> Also note that it is rather easy to grab a LuaTeX binary for your platform from
> the ConTeXt minimals distribution (linked from
> <http://luatex.org/download.html>) and install it on top of your TL
> installation. Here are instructions (in French, sorry, but I can attempt a quick
> translation if you need one):

But the main problem is in luatex specific packages which either have to
maintain compatibility with luatex shipped binaries (which is a waste of
effort giving the rapid development of luatex) or not update texlive
versions, leaving the users alone to hunt the interwoven dependencies
(also installing macro packages is not as simple as updating binaries).


 Khaled Hosny
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