[tex-live] new install concept for TeXLive
Thu, 22 Mar 2001 11:35:59 +0000
Peter Flynn writes:
> > (Fabrice is working on the Windows end; one result should be to make
> > initializing the setup faster).
> I don't suppose there's ever any risk of the install interface
> being broadly the same for both?
sure, one day, in theory. but not soon, unless Fabrice pulls
off a major miracle and writes an install that compiles under Linux etc...
> This is fine, except I would think the default should include
> a little more than essential plus latex so that newcomers end
> up with a system that will at least process a significant
> subset of documents. Perhaps add bib, books, graphics, math,
> and psfonts. Difficult call. Hard to know where to stop.
quite. but look at the details of them - "latex" does include basic
psfonts, natbib etc. "math" is perhaps more controversial, maybe AMS
should be part of "latex"
> A-Z and a-z is 52 :-) Plus 0-9 is 62. OK, I understand.
you guesssed. and omit rqrQ
> Umm. That would be needed, I think. It's pretty much expected
> behaviour a la RPM.
a) the dependency information is so weak, its hardly worth having
b) write me some shell script code to inplement it...
> > 3. the language support is misleading. If you ask for "finnish", I
> > do not edit language.dat to uncomment Finnish hyphenation.
> Do you feel this must be done?
yes, and it is done now. its nice. do an
and your language.dat is rebuilt
> > The current Unix/Linux install needs a complete rewrite, of course,
> > incorporating an XML parser, if anyone out there has some spare
> > programming capacity (remembering that it has to work on all and any
> > Unix systems).
> What's the installer written in?
> > The big new project, which I believe is now feasible, is a proper
> > package management system, allowing the user to add, remove and
> > update packages.
> Dare I suggest we should seriously look at using something extant
> rather than writing our own, if possible?
you can suggest away. since its unlikely to be me who does the work....