[tex-live] hyphen -- nearly all languages added by default

Dr. Werner Fink werner at suse.de
Thu Jun 16 14:48:07 CEST 2016

On Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 08:11:44PM +0900, Norbert Preining wrote:
> Hi Werner,
> > just get a report that language.dat nearly all hyphen are added by
> > default (package  hyphen-base). What is the reason for this?
> With the very unclear information it is hard to diagnose. Do
> you speak about upstream TeX LIve (TUG) or the SuSE packaging?
> I *can* imagine that you ship in the TL package the language.dat
> that is included in TL - this is the one that containss *ALL*
> patterns.
> FOr an actual installation the AddHyphen directives need to be
> evaluated. In TeX Live from TUG the installer/tlmgr doe that 
> and generates a fitting language.dat.
> In Debian every package ships a snippet for language.dat (.def,dat.lua)
> adn those are combined at installation time.
> So bottomline: without further information it is hard to 
> give a good explanation.

Doing a

  tar Oxf archive/hyphen-base.tar.xz tex/generic/config/language.dat

shows that *all* hyphens had already been added.  The same for
language.def and language.dat.lua.  And clearly this file has been
packaged for openSUSE as I was not aware of this major change.
Indeed thos caused a bug that all hyphens are required for generating
the formats now.

Also the perl update of those files are a nightmare for rpm based
distributions.  Using tlmgr is not an option ... I've looked at
TeXLive/TL*.pm and with this I see, after some small changes, that
without a local copy of the already installed hyphens the last
installed hyphen does overwrite all others :(


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