Re: The Future of Debian's TeX packages
Christian Schwarz wrote:
: So the major question is:
: a) do we stick to our own Debian-TeX distribution -- that is:
: we have to get all TeX sources/macro packages from CTAN and
: have to arrange/compile/config them to apply to our standards, or
Once I've configured/compiled/installed a TeX package from CTAN -- it
went quite smoothly ...
: b) should we base our TeX packages on an existing TeX distribution
: (teTeX, NTeX, etc.) and change only what's necessary to apply
: to Debian standards.
Even if a) implies more work, we should choose it. It makes us
independend of the decisions of a TeX-Package-Developer -- anybody
knows, who compatible teTeX is with others TeX's around? Are there
any local additions, bug fixes ...?
Our package management systems seems to be quite usable (;-)), so we
should use it for TeX too, and its dependencies ...
I always tried to use software as unmodified as possible -- and if
modified, I'd like to have the changes by hand. (The reason why I run
Debian in favour of slackware et. al.) Using teTeX (I don't have it and
don't use it, so please forgive me, if I'm wrong) would perhaps mean,
that one have to search for sources and diffs again and again (as I
assume, teTeX is based on a standard TeX and modified it in its own
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