[tex-live] CTAN packages and generated files

Joseph Wright joseph.wright at morningstar2.co.uk
Sun Sep 2 18:37:04 CEST 2018

On 02/09/2018 17:33, Manfred Lotz wrote:
> On Sun, 2 Sep 2018 17:16:28 +0100
> Joseph Wright <joseph.wright at morningstar2.co.uk> wrote:
>> On 02/09/2018 17:15, Manfred Lotz wrote:> Very good.> > I further
>> assume that the other way round shouldn't happen, i.e. I> have
>> an .ins file where there exists a .dtx file generate instruction.>
>> Would be *extremely* strange, yes. I'd discount the possibility.
> Fine.
> Now the last question (which is perhaps more a theoretical issue).
> Assume a package a consists of:
> a.dtx
> a.ins
> b.dtx
> a.pdf
> a.tex
> Now assume in a.dtx I find a b.dtx generate instruction. Then b.dtx
> were a redundant file in the package. Or perhaps I find b.dtx in a.ins.
> Question:
> 1. I think this could happen. Correct?
> 2. If 1. is correct then how likely is such a case happening in real
> life? Just your personal opinion.

It is possible to generate .dtx files, but that would normally be using 
some scripting not uploaded to CTAN. (Heiko used to do that, for 
example.) In practice, I don't think anyone would upload anything of 
that type.


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