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Re: Bug#312897: ITP: texlive -- The TeXlive system packaged for debian

Dear Developers!

I have a question concerning the .orig.tar.gz files for the following

On Fre, 10 Jun 2005, Norbert Preining wrote:
> Package: wnpp
> Severity: wishlist
> Owner: Norbert Preining <preining@logic.at>
> * Package name    : texlive
>   Version         : 2005.1
>   Upstream Author : TeXlive Mailing List <tex-live@tug.org>
> * URL             : http://www.tug.org/texlive
> * License         : mixed, but all Debian conform
>   Description     : The TeXlive system packaged for debian
> TeX Live is an easy way to get up and running with TeX. It includes all
> major freely-available TeX-related programs, macro packages, and fonts,
> including support for many languages around the world.

TeX live has a very peculiar distribution model: There is a Perforce
depot and the CD/DVDs. This is upstream.

I have prepared around 80 binary .debs with the binaries included in
TeX live (see http://www.tug.org/texlive/debian.html). Now I am going to
make proper debian packages. Herein the following problems occur: One
option would be to make one (1!) .orig.tar.gz from the whole TeXLive
depot stuff necessary, this would amount to an orig.tar.gz of 
	456 M
and from this .orig.tar.gz build all the 80 packages.

Would this be a feasable option, or would I get killed immediately when
doing this?

Another option would be to separate the arch-independent packages out,
create for each of them a separate .orig.tar.gz containing the necessary
subset of the TeX live tree, and one (smaller, but still big)
.orig.tar.gz for the arch-dependend packages together with the necessary

Finally, I could go for the complete split, which would produce a set of
.orig.tar.gz which are the respective subsets of the TeX live depot, but
these would not resemble `upstream' as is.

Please enlighten me on this matter.

Best wishes


PS: If someone has the urge to mentor me for upload (it is still a long
way, but I have to plan ahead) please contact me.

Dr. Norbert Preining <preining AT logic DOT at>             Università di Siena
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