[oi-dev] Tasks to focus on

Volker A. Brandt vab at bb-c.de
Sun Jan 24 16:35:20 UTC 2021

Hi Gary!

> On Sat, Jan 23, 2021 at 02:35:01PM -0700, Nelson H. F. Beebe wrote:
> >
> > I'm part of the TeX Live team that every (northern) winter produces a
> > new release; many O/S distributions then take up that release and
> > repackage it according to their preferences.
> That's probably what Openindiana would do too.  All software products
> installed on OI systems are installed from IPS packages, the same as
> on Solaris.  The packages are built from source.  Binaries are of no
> use for OI packages.
> First, though, there has to be demand for the software product.  I,
> myself, have no interest in Tex.  In fact, I don't even know what Tex
> is, except that it's used by mathematicians.  I'm not one of those.  I
> have some doubts about the demand.

I use it every day. :-)  TBH it's a self-built version on Solaris 11.3.

> [...]
> > However, at Utah, I make a point of doing test builds for many more,
> > and I can report that this year, with newer compilers on Oracle
> > Solaris 11.4, there were few problems in building a complete TeX Live
> > 2021 set of binaries.
> >
> > The current status report is here:
> >
> > 	http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/texlive-utah/
> I've read this quickly, and already see obstacles.  OI packages have
> some restrictions that may not arise when the software is installed
> directly.

TeX (in the form of TeXlive 2020) is available as an IPS package from
the OmniOS "extra" repository, so packaging is no problem.

Regards -- Volker
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