July 1st: Beginners TeX Hour: Why Software Sucks: Geeks Drive Stick Shift Cars

Jonathan Fine jfine2358 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 1 19:24:54 CEST 2021

Hi Norbert

Thank you for watching last week's TeX Hour video. Here's a couple of
videos, just now uploaded, that specifically deal with can TeX Live rely on
git, and what the next steps are.

24 June 2021: Q: Can we rely on git? A: Yes, Linux does it the best there

24 June 2021: Q: Where are we? A: There's a plausible case, worth trying it

with best regards


On Thu, Jul 1, 2021 at 3:00 AM Norbert Preining <norbert at preining.info>

> Hi
> > The videos from last week's heavy technical TeX Hour on TeX Live (except
> > for a few to follow tomorrow) are at:
> > https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLw1FZfIX1w7jEC4iuK5Q0HPccM1IE3ygD
> Watched it. A few comments:
> - first of all, move your meetings to reasonable time for me and I will
>   participate - but don't complain that TeX Live people are not
>   interested. I told you this already a few times.
> - Having only the tex macros gives you say 90%, but of what one normally
>   needs, but if you want actual reproducability you need to have the
>   fonts **and** the binaries also available from older versions,
>   otherwise there is no guarantee that the outputs are the same.
>   That defeats all the experiments how small it is for only tex files,
>   yes, they are not big, that we know.
> - As Nelson said, just hacking kpse to return a handle to a file from a
>   pack is not enough, because there are hundreds of other programs in a
>   variety of languages that do NOT use kpse and still open these files.
>   So one needs to - as Nelson said - rewrite the complete IO layer of
>   the OS running, **and** in addition doing that for all platforms we
>   support .... good luck.
> Enjoy your experiments.
> Norbert
> --
> PREINING Norbert                              https://www.preining.info
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