[tex-live] Query about 'tar' and some windows/linux scripts

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Fri Nov 16 01:31:09 CET 2018

On 2018-11-15 at 20:57:30 +0100, Alois Steindl wrote:

 > The second point is, that there are several versions of e.g. tar
 > around and it could lead to strange problems, if for example the
 > installers for TeX-Live require some option, which the system-tar
 > doesn't accept.  (Gnutar is a quite sophisticated version of tar.)

Another point is that TeX Live has to support other versions of
Windows as well.  Using programs shipped with TeX Live makes
maintenance much easier.  Treating different versions of Windows
differently would add a lot of noise to the scripts.  And everything
has to be tested thoroughly.


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