July 1st: Beginners TeX Hour: Why Software Sucks: Geeks Drive Stick Shift Cars

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Fri Jul 2 10:06:30 CEST 2021

čt 1. 7. 2021 v 19:24 odesílatel Boris Veytsman <borisv at lk.net> napsal:
> ZW> From: Zdenek Wagner <zdenek.wagner at gmail.com>
> ZW> Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2021 15:30:52 +0200
> ZW> the situation is even more complex, you even must have the same OS.
> ZW> Many years ago happened to us, when I was asked to develop a macro
> ZW> package for a journal and we had the same version of TeX Live, the
> ZW> same version of DejaVu fonts, yet the article compiled from the same
> ZW> sources by XeLaTeX in Linux was one page shorter than the same done on
> ZW> Mac. For some reason font handling was different. Versioning of DejaVu
> ZW> fonts is important and downgrading DejaVu might require downgrade of
> ZW> fontspec whcih may lead to domino effect requiring downgrade of
> ZW> everything.
> Docker seems to be a way to solve this problem.  A Docker image is a
> complete archival copy of the state of your system.
> Of course there is no guarantee Docker images created today are going
> to be executable on the machines 150 years from now - even if we do
> not ruin the civilization before this.
I think not. What I need is not a historical image of my system but a
current version of someone else's system and I am afraid that other
users are not allowed to send me a Docker image of MacOSX or Windows
for legal reasons.

Zdeněk Wagner

> --
> Good luck
> -Boris
> Whoever has lived long enough to find out what life is, knows how deep a debt
> of gratitude we owe to Adam, the first great benefactor of our race.  He
> brought death into the world.
>                 -- Mark Twain, "Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar"

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