[oi-dev] Tasks to focus on
aurelien.larcher at gmail.com
Wed Jan 27 14:18:54 UTC 2021
On Sun, Jan 24, 2021 at 5:35 PM Volker A. Brandt <vab at bb-c.de> wrote:
> 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.
Packaging TeXLive needs some scripting to split tex packages by groups,
otherwise you get a >= 1.5GB blob to install at once.
I think the Debian Sciences team had developed such scripts to maintain
I did package TexLive ~2015 in oi-userland but this was a lot of work to
maintain ctan packages individually so it was never integrated.
I ended up using the prepackaged TexLive suite for this reason.
Being an applied mathematician/numerician and therefore avid user of TeX I
would be very happy if TexLive were to be added to oi-userland.
> Regards -- Volker
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