[tex-live] historic-texlive: convenient installers for old TeX Live releases
pts at f.fazekas.hu
Sun Jan 20 23:31:41 CET 2019
Dear TeX Live users and developers,
This is to announce historic-texlive: convenient installers for old TeX
historic-texlive is a set of scripts and binary executable for Unix for
and convenient installation of TeX Live 2008--2018. All Unix platforms
supported. Windows (i386-cygwin, x86_64-cygwin, win32) isn't supported.
historic-texlive is useful for compiling old .tex documents reliably, to
reproduce the original output files (.dvi, .ps and .pdf). For writing
documents, the latest release of TeX Live is recommended.
Advantages of historic-texlive over the regular install-tl installer:
* It supports historic TeX Live releases out of the box, without the
specifying -repository flags and matching the version of install-tl to
* It lets the user specify the platform, e.g. if the user asks for
i386-linux, then neither install-htl (the historic-texlive installer)
tlmgr will install binary executables for other platforms (e.g.
x86_64-linux). (install-tl doesn't respect the user's choice this
* It contains a few bugfixes so the old installer works with newer
* It doesn't ask any questions: it does something reasonable by default,
it can be customized using command-line flags.
* install-htl finishes quickly, because it doesn't download anything: it
delegates downloading to `tlmgr install', which the user should invoke
Please note that historic-texlive is a hobby project of mine which I
together during the weekend. It's not an official TeX Live product.
If you have any feedback or suggestion for improvement, please let me
(Please keep my e-mail address in the To: list, because I'm not
to TeX Live mailing lists.)
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