[tex-live] biber in TeX Live

Jindrich Novy jnovy at redhat.com
Wed Apr 21 16:59:02 CEST 2010

Hi Robin, Victor,

On Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 09:57:20AM -0400, Victor Ivrii wrote:
> 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

Thanks for your opinions. I haven't had any experiences with biber so
far so now I can at least guess why incorporating biber into TeX Live isn't
too good idea.

Thanks again!

Jindrich Novy <jnovy at redhat.com>   http://people.redhat.com/jnovy/

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