[tex-live] Rush of installs

Victor Ivrii vivrii at gmail.com
Thu Feb 25 16:31:28 CET 2010

On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 9:35 AM, Robin Fairbairns
<Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk> wrote:
> Uwe Siart <usenet at siart.de> wrote:
>> Victor Ivrii <vivrii at gmail.com> writes:
>> > Recently TL2009 had a rush of updates and installs. I am a bit
>> > confused however: tonight I noticed that endnotes was auto-installed
>> > ([Thu Feb 25 04:20:30 2010] auto-install new: endnotes (17197)) but
>> > AFAIK it was part of TL and log file does not show it to be removed at
>> > some moment
>> endnotes.sty has been part of the ltxmisc package before.
> and it isn't now.
> there are lots of these (i listed 23 in a reply to someone else about
> something else, this morning).
> a small group (philipp stephani doing most of the work, and me[*]) have
> been generating documentation for packages.  people have been
> complaining about the lack of some documentation, but i guess it's only
> to be expected that they would also complain about the side-effectss of
> generating it.
> it's likely to take a *very* long time to document all the packages that
> need it.  (i've been working on cataloguing everything for nearly two
> years, and though i'm near to absolute stasis, there are still a few i
> more or less understand that don't yet appear in the catalogue.
> documentation requires more effort than cataloguing...)
> documentation generation is unlikely to cover anything but latex
> packages (though philipp has done one latex 2.09 package), but there are
> an awful lot, and while most aren't as obscure as the typical
> undocumented plain tex package[**], a lot are going to take quite a bit
> of work.
> robin
> [*] i've also done all the installation and catalogue updates.
> [**] type example "% this is neat" followed by a few lines of tex whose
> context, let alone behaviour, i can't [be bothered to] work out.

This (bringing some order and splitting artificial "superpackages"
into real ones)  is a very welcome development and confusion seems to
be the only side effect.

Thank you for hard work - and clarification.

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

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