[tex-live] musixtex in texlive-2010
rdt at cs.queensu.ca
Thu Sep 23 23:16:00 CEST 2010
>|> The version of this at CTAN is T-114. The version in texlive-2010
>|> which is about 9 years out of date.
>|(fwiw, the miktex version is dated may 2003.)
>|i maintain it, but _i_ find the ctan directory macros/musixtex/taupin
>|confusing (and i've used the software in the distant past).
>|so generating a new version of musixtex for tex live is going to be
>|difficult, at the least.
There are texlive packages available for Fedora systems that are up to
date and work well:
>|reading the music/tex mailing list, i have the impression that no-one
>|nowadays uses musixtex other than through one of the front ends. i've
>|never done that, and have no incentive any longer to try (i don't
>|arrange music any more). if i'm right, and musixtex _needs_ a front
>|end, that adds masses more complications ... particularly since, aiui,
>|at least one such is written in fortran.
I use musixtex "raw". I'm sure many others do and even if they use
a front-end, musixtex et al have to be there.
>|furthermore, i've just noticed (for the first time!) that there's a
>|licence statement in there. the statement is pretty confused, but it
>|does say that the software is (in ctan catalogue terms) licence nosell.
>|in that case, it shouldn't be in tex live in the first place.
That dates from 2001. I recall that it was at some point re-licensed to
be GPL. That is the license in the Fedora package.
>|so what do we do?
>|if karl's willing to keep musixtex, despite its licence, then
>|someone should provide a coherent set of packages. ctan doesn't
>|hold duplicate copies of stuff, and the directory on the wima is
>|has multiple copies of things. i've omitted things according to my
>|reading of what's going on, but istm that some things have changed
>|name, and i fear i may have duplicated some things, and omitted
>|so a review is needed of what's on ctan, and preferably a prototype
>|of what a ctan package should look like.
>|if things are going to progress someone needs to do some work. but we
>|need to think about that licence.
I've posted a similar plea to the icking-music-archive.org-tex-music
list but it doesn't seem to be functioning.
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