[tex-live] TL13 status

Philip TAYLOR P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Tue Apr 9 00:21:41 CEST 2013

Norbert Preining wrote:

> nice idea, but unfortunately broken by design ...

> What is a *bug*fix*? Practically *none* of the TeX package developers
> keeps separate branches for released packages with bug fixes and
> development version.
> All just upload the next version, which contians bug fixes, but also
> new features, changes etc.

That is, unfortunately, exactly the same situation as obtains
in the Seamonkey world, and which causes such exasperation
amongst its users.  And I would respectfully suggest that
it is this methodology that is "broken by design", not
the suggestion.

> So he *only* way to get something like you want is that *someone*
> looks at the bug fixes employed in the packages, and *backports*
> to the versions currently in the TeX Live tree.

Nonsense.  What is necessary is to encourage developers to focus
solely on bug-fixes during the pre-DVD freeze, and to resume
development work only once that freeze is over.

> Thus, your idea is cute, lovely, sweet, but unfortunately broken
> by design.

Please see above.
** Phil.

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