[tex-live] TeXLive has no stable source tree and resorts to DVD with binaries?

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Sun Apr 10 18:24:29 CEST 2011

On 2011-04-10 at 13:51:57 +0200, Mojca Miklavec wrote:

 > On Sun, Apr 10, 2011 at 12:42, Kārlis Repsons wrote:
 > >
 > > But I wonder if there is currently any reason not to use TeXLive
 > > source tree for building a runnable system just because it might
 > > be less tested?
 > You are free to use the source tree. The problem is that it is not
 > updated on regular basis. That is: TeX Live still contains LuaTeX
 > 0.60**, while the released version of LuaTeX will soon be 0.66 and
 > TeX Live source tree won't be updated until TeX Live 2011
 > production starts - which is going to happen really soon now, but
 > the point still stands. There is no reason to try to build binaries
 > from source (unless you want to become part of the development
 > team) or at least that won't bring you the latest version of
 > binaries or bugfixes.
 > There is also no guarantee that it still builds on non-linux
 > platforms, but that is of minor importance (if something fails you
 > should report it and it should be fixed anyway).

There is actually no guarantee that anything works at all, even on
Linux.  The Build tree is *not* frozen between official releases,
though it doesn't contain the latest releases of particular programs.

The Build tree is only for developers, not for users.  If someone
really wants to compile the binaries himself, he should check out the
sources of the latest stable release.


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