[tex-live] removal of a package from texlive

Victor Ivrii vivrii at gmail.com
Tue Apr 2 18:46:52 CEST 2013

Probably the easiest option would be for tlmgr if some packages to be
removed just to output:

Packages (list) will be removed, do you want to proceed?

Sure one can check before with option --list or --dry-run.


On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 12:26 PM, Mojca Miklavec <
mojca.miklavec.lists at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 4:12 PM, Norbert Preining wrote:
> > Hi Vafa,
> >
> > On Di, 02 Apr 2013, Vafa Khalighi wrote:
> >> Suppose a package is licensed under LPPL but the author removes it from
> CTAN (because he does not want people use that package any more for
> whatever reasons he has got); as a consequence this package also gets
> removed from TeXLive. Are people legally allowed to not update their TeX
> distribution (or say store that package on their computer) on purpose to
> use that package?
> >
> > Yes they are. You are granting with LPPL the right to use the package,
> > change it, modify it, etc etc etc.
> >
> > You can release new versions under different licenses, but what you
> > have granted cannot has been granted.
> >
> > In additin, everyone is free to copy your code and develop a new
> > version.
> >
> > And if you stop developping this package, then also the author-maintained
> > status of LPPL is gone, and someone else can take over the same package
> > under the same name.
> Oh, that is great in fact. I knew that TeX Live could keep the last
> version of a package with the proper licence, but I didn't know that
> if author resigns, one can keep the old name.
> I'm not using LaTeX, but I'm still very happy that TeX Live didn't
> have to question the removal of Polyglossia in this batch:
> On Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 6:26 AM, Vafa Khalighi wrote:
> > I wrote an email to François Charette saying that I am happy to maintain
> > both arabxetex and polyglossia.
> Mojca

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