[tex-live] Changes for 2010?

Khaled Hosny khaledhosny at eglug.org
Sun Apr 18 23:18:36 CEST 2010

On Sun, Apr 18, 2010 at 11:01:44PM +0200, Khaled Hosny wrote:
> 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

                              ^^^^^^ that was supposed to be "texlive"

> 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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