[tex-live] TL13 status

Victor Ivrii vivrii at gmail.com
Mon Apr 8 23:19:00 CEST 2013

I suspect that nobody knows if TL2012 frozen contains less bugs than
contained newborn TL2012 or will contain newborn TL2013.

On the other hand, our sysadmins prefer frozen TL due to very simple
reason: if the user comes to them claiming that his favourite file stopped
working because the admins changed something, they can answer honestly "We
changed nothing" (and then after 30 min of discussion the user--one of my
esteemed colleagues--admits that he made small, really-really small changes
which surely could not be the reason that file stopped working :D

On Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 3:28 PM, Reinhard Kotucha <reinhard.kotucha at web.de>wrote:

> On 2013-04-08 at 11:38:46 +0100, Philip TAYLOR wrote:
>  > Karl Berry wrote:
>  >
>  > > FYI ...
>  > > TL'12 is frozen forever.
>  >
>  > So for the benefit of those of us that prefer stability
>  > to start-of-the-art, would you say that TL'12, as frozen,
>  > is sufficiently bug-free to be worth installing, or does
>  > it have known problems that would prove an obstacle to
>  > its successful deployment ?
> Phil, it's *not* frozen because it's bug-free.  We actually don't know
> whether it's bug-free because a lot of new packages were added
> recently.  To be frozen here means that no updates will be sent to
> tlnet.  Packages from CTAN will still go to the repository for a while.
> The sole reason for the freeze is that for a couple of weeks the
> repository will be inconsistent.
> Regarding upgrades: It would be nice if one can upgrade from one
> release to another.  But this is only possible if there are no
> significant changes.  Sometimes it's possible with a few manual
> adaptions but this year it's much too risky.
> You can safely install TL-2012, there is no need to remove older
> versions.  You can switch between versions at any time.  It's much
> safer this way rather than rolling back to an older release.
> What I don't know is what to do with the shortcuts on Windows.
> Regards,
>   Reihard
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Victor Ivrii, Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto
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