[XeTeX] Building xetex from source

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Thu Jun 15 09:04:39 CEST 2006

On 15 Jun 2006, at 1:12 am, Stephen Moye wrote:

> OK, here's another question -- I've installed subversion and checked
> out a working copy of the xetex archive: How do I go about installing
> xetex from it: Do I do the install directly from the working copy, or
> do  I make a copy of the working directory and perform the upgrade
> from there thus keeping the working copy clean?

No need for an extra copy.

The build-xetex script creates a Work directory and the build happens  
within that, and this will be ignored (as it's not under version  
control) by svn update. (And it always deletes this dir and starts  
afresh, to ensure a full rebuild. If you know what you're doing, you  
can usually build updates more quickly by doing selective "make"  
commands in the appropriate places inside Work, but a complete  
rebuild is the simple, safe way.)

Running "svn status" from the top level of your working copy will  
tell you the state of your files compared to the revision you checked  
out; unless you've done anything else besides build, the only  
difference will be the presence of the Work directory. And if you do  
touch any of the actual source files/scripts/whatever, "svn revert"  
can restore them to their original state; and "svn update" will merge  
updates from the repository with your local copy.

All about Subversion is at <http://svnbook.red-bean.com/>.


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