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

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Thu Apr 14 01:45:38 CEST 2011

2011/4/13 Kārlis Repsons <karlis.repsons at gmail.com>:
> On Wednesday 13 April 2011 21:09:46 Zdenek Wagner wrote:
>> 2011/4/13 Kārlis Repsons <karlis.repsons at gmail.com>:
>> > On Wednesday 13 April 2011 19:00:44 Norbert Preining wrote:
>> >> And it still escapes my understanding what on earth you are trying
>> >> to achieve, besides asking questions.
>> >
>> > At this point: understand a few bits of how TeXLive is maintained and
>> > developed (just how it's reflected in the public file trees & svn).
>> > The most confusing part for me is about how the stabilization of a
>> > development
>> Looking at the discussion I still cannot understand what you mean by
>> stabilization.
> For example, someone writes a new package or modifies some script and it's first
> placed in some 'unstable' or 'testing' category, only after sufficient
> time/feedback moved to 'stable'... Or is that considered a vain effort?
The packages that I develop (either alone or in cooperation with
others) live in some revision control systems. Those who contribute in
development or want to use the latest version for testing can get it
separately and install to texmf-local. If the package is tested and
stable, it is released to CTAN and TL maintainers fetch it from CTAN
and include in TL. Why should the well tested and stable package be
declared unstable in TL? And for how long?

>> The packages are taken form CTAN
> Looks like (as Karl points out) I'll have to study to understand how they
> really relate etc. Thanks to all posters, numerous things became clearer!

Zdeněk Wagner

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