Notes on TL5 (Nov 16)

Thomas Esser
Fri, 28 Jan 2000 15:04:37 +0100 (MET)

>  > 2. texconfig run first builds the formats. It is always strange to me,
>  >    because I'd like to run texconfig just to decide what has to be done.
>  >    If for some reason some packages are not installed (e.g. Omega),
>  >    or removed by hand by sysadmin, and fmtutil.cnf has it unblocked,
>  >    we have a mess with errors.
>  >    The first run of texconfig by the normal user (if he has VARTEXMF set)
>  >    builds all formats declared for the whole installation. This can be
>  >    hardly acceptable by sysadmin or even the user.
>  >    What do you think, Thomas?
> over to Thomas, on that one

Well, I don't have the time to work on teTeX now, so please find a
solution for TL5 without my help. I might pick that up later (when I have
time again).  I think that "texlinks" could be changed to provide wrapper
scripts (to build the formats as needed). Maybe, fmtuil.cnf should gat
another column which controls whether format files are build by fmtutil
-all or not (which means: later, "on demand").