No context in TL2023 source ?

David Carlisle d.p.carlisle at
Mon Mar 20 22:25:34 CET 2023

luametatex doesn't seem available on cygwin unfortunately. (I tried
compiling it but most of the #ifdef guards in luatex have gone:(

That's not really a texlive issue, but texlive has installed dangling
symbolic  links:

$ file  /usr/local/texlive/2023/bin/x86_64-cygwin/context
/usr/local/texlive/2023/bin/x86_64-cygwin/context: broken symbolic link to

They don't do any harm but are a bit confusing if looking for context.


On Mon, 20 Mar 2023 at 21:17, Karl Berry <karl at> wrote:

> Hi Ken,
>     Looking at what I've now installed from a source build of TL2023 I
>     see that I lack a context program.
> Indeed, luametatex is not included in the TL source tree.
> You have to build it from its own sources (it uses cmake):
> Those sources are also included in the TL release in
> source/luametatex-230310.tar.xz but afaik there is no reason not to
> build the latest sources from development.
> Also, "context" and "mtxrun" are symlinks to luametatex. The regular TL
> build does not create those either.
> $ pwd
> /usr/local/texlive/2023/bin/x86_64-linux
> $ ls -l |fgrep luam
> lrwxrwxrwx 1 karl root       10 Feb 26 16:01 context -> luametatex
> -r-xr-xr-x 1 karl root  3102544 Mar 11 21:39 luametatex
> lrwxrwxrwx 1 karl root       10 Feb 26 16:01 mtxrun -> luametatex
> Or, forget about including ConTeXt in your TL, and treat it as an
> entirely separate package that is installed from the upstream ConTeXt
> site.
> Best,
> Karl
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