[tex-live] TeXLive has no stable source tree and resorts to DVD with binaries?

Kārlis Repsons karlis.repsons at gmail.com
Sun Apr 10 12:42:52 CEST 2011

On Sunday 10 April 2011 00:10:49 Karl Berry wrote:
>     I'm here to get a short answer weather I've got it right, that
>     TeXLive currently doesn't maintain any separate source tree for
>     stable releases
> Well, it's true that TL only has one source repository.  We make
> tags/branches at releases of course, but almost never make changes to
> the compiled programs between releases.
>     and the tested software gets distributed only by
>     collective efforts of composing binaries & co. So it's true?
> Many of the programs in TeX Live are maintained, released, and
> distributed separately from TL; for example, lcdf-typetools and dvipng.
> In such cases, the upstream authors make releases as they will and we
> take whatever is current for our yearly release.

But I wonder if there is currently any reason not to use TeXLive source tree 
for building a runnable system just because it might be less tested?
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