[EXT] Re: `nahuatl` package not in TeX Live

Philip Taylor (Royal Holloway) P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Mon Dec 20 16:42:21 CET 2021

On 20/12/2021 15:06, Don Hosek wrote:

It’s the duplication of names. This is an old problem: TeX and friends effectively have their files living in a flat namespace¹ so every TeX file in TeX live needs to be uniquely named and similarly every MF file needs to be uniquely named.
1. It’s worth noting that at the time of TeX’s creation and well into the 80s some common operating systems did not even have a mechanism for subdirectories of any kind. PC-DOS first gained subdirectories with version 2.0 in 1983 and VM/CMS never supported them (files were kept in virtual disks and the OS would respond to a request for U MF by starting with disk A (the user disk) and going through all the disks in alphabetical order up to Z until it found the file).

Wow !  Thank you Don.
Philip Taylor

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