[oi-dev] Tasks to focus on
Volker A. Brandt
vab at bb-c.de
Wed Jan 27 14:55:58 UTC 2021
> On Sun, Jan 24, 2021 at 5:35 PM Volker A. Brandt <vab at bb-c.de> wrote:
> > 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 their
True! I do have my own script for Solaris, that does exactly the same
thing. This is the result:
Seems I will need to update some time... :-)
> 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.
Exactly. That is the only sensible thing to do. I compiled my own
binaries because I have "fat" packages with both SPARC and x86 contents.
> 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.
It's not difficult at all, just some tedious work.
Regards -- Volker
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