[texhax] CTAN for experimental / testing packages

Gerd Neugebauer gene at gerd-neugebauer.de
Sun Mar 27 18:01:54 CEST 2016

>     On 27 March 2016 at 12:37 Brian Dunn <BD at bdtechconcepts.com> wrote:
>     Does it make sense to upload to CTAN packages which are still experimental
> and being updated at least once per week? Or would doing so be considered to
> be abusing the archive system, and require excessive time on a the part of the
> CTAN maintainers?

If your package has reached some stability and user base then it makes sense to
upload it to CTAN.

While you are in the middle of development you should wait until you have
achieved one of the two goals above. If you develop new features and get them
usable, bugfree, and stable on a weekly basis then feel free to upload to CTAN.


- CTAN is driven as a manual process to ensure a certain formal quality of the
packages. This binds a lot of resources.

- The packages on CTAN make it into the major distributions. Most users don't
download the packages directly but use a distribution. Thus the update reaches
the end users with some delay and they stick to the version for some time.

>     --
>     Brian Dunn
>     BD Tech Concepts LLC
>     http://www.BDTechConcepts.com
>     bd at BDTechConcepts.com
>     http://www.linkedin.com/in/bdtechconcepts/


Gerd (CTAN webmaster)
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