[texhax] Where does package doclicense live in TeXLive?

Uwe Lueck uwe.lueck at web.de
Tue Mar 10 23:39:49 CET 2015

Gordon Haverland wrote 21 minutes after some full hour:
> > tlmgr to install it
> Figures. Gentoo doesn't provide tlmgr, and comments about it say
> "tlmgr wrecks the distribution" (paraphrased).

Debian similarly --


> Do people still manually install packages?

I do, and I have seen notices from Michael Barr and Joseph Wright 
indicating that they do.

I would like to encourage this very much. I have already automated 
installing from ready .tds.zip's and "copying" ready .sty files
from CTAN into one of my TDS trees with Bash. Sometimes I felt 
being near to start the "yfinatc" package (un-ctanify, opposite
direction to Scott Pakin's package). It may rather be "yfinatc-bash",
more ideally ypfinatc-sh, more platform-independent yfinatc-perl.

Conceptually, it is (usually) simple (more difficult especially 
with .sty support for fonts, just experienced these days).
Let $TeXMFbyHands$ be the TDS root on your installation 
(I used $TEXMF, but regret that now) and $Pkg the package 
("doclicense" here). $Pkg.dtx and $Pkg.ins exactly are what goes
$TEXMFbyHands/source/latex/$Pkg (while my own packages do not have
them). README and $Pkg.pdf go to $TEXMF/doc/latex/$Pkg (Yannis 
H. also provides "liesmich", difficult ...). latex $Pkg.dtx 
generates $Pkg.sty (while sometimes other things) which goes to
$TeXMFbyHands. With doclicense, there are .ldf files; "copy" them 
from CTAN into $TeXMFbyHands/tex/doclicense.

TEXMF/tex contains what must be input by TeX (primitive TeX 
input function, \input in TeXbook) so that the package can be 
used. Remaining TEXMF/doc and TEXMF/source are clear. 
(Here TEXMF stands for some TDS root, there may be several on 
the system.)

For old LaTeX packages such as Yannis H.'s, $Pkg.pdf may not 
exist on CTAN, you rather must run pdflatex (or some more general 
procecure $PDFLaTeX, perhaps involving dvips...) on $Pkg.dtx.
The case of doclicense


is more difficult, involving makeindex and thumbpdf. Some latexmk 
etc. packages and texify may simplify generation of $Pkg.pdf --


The initial versions of yfinatc my be unable to place all files 
properly or even to generate really all of the needed ones, but 
it should be helpful, though.



More information about the texhax mailing list