[tex-live] biber in TeX Live

Victor Ivrii vivrii at gmail.com
Wed Apr 21 15:57:20 CEST 2010

On Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 9:34 AM, Robin Fairbairns
<Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk> wrote:
> Jindrich Novy <jnovy at redhat.com> wrote:
>> I have another request from Fedora TeX Live user who would like to see
>> biber in TeX Live:
>> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=584063
>> What do you think? Could biber coexist with bibtex in TeX Live?
> surely, linux distros are in a better position to provide a separate
> biber (rpm|deb) than tl is to provide one of its packages?
> the problem is the large number of perl dependencies, which is surely
> "run of the mill" for you, but definitely stressful for tl.
> and in any case, you could surely put a biber rpm on the road well
> before tl 2010 is likely to be released?
> robin

I compiled biber on MacOSX and it was a bit tedious and annoying
experience as not only few perl modules biber depends on were missing
(it would be easy as biber can retrieve and install them on its own)
but they were depending on the modules which were also missing and ad
nauseum and  there biber could not help I was forced to go down.

I suspect that if TL includes biber it would be a full time job to
answer enquiries.

Victor Ivrii, Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto

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