[oi-dev] texlive package

[email protected] stes at telenet.be
Wed Jan 27 18:21:22 UTC 2021

Some people already said that they have their TeX packages;
maybe they can contribute them.

Also the Debian Linux "Sciences" team may have Perl scripts (or other scripts)
to classify the files.

Also for example at Slackware


in the t  (tex) series they have a 76 MB package.


texlive: This package contains binaries, support files, TeX formats and
texlive: packages, and other files included in the TeXLive TeX distribution.
texlive: Included are input files for TeX, runtime configuration files,
texlive: hyphenation tables, manpages, and the computer modern fonts.
texlive: SlackBuilds.org has more texmf files and documentation in the
texlive: texlive-extra and texlive-docs packages.

So basically the entire TeXlive distribution must be divided in smaller packages,
like texlive-extra , texlive-docs, etc.

In order to have a small package to start with for casual TeX users,
and also provide additional full installs for advanced users.

David Stes

----- Op 27 jan 2021 om 19:13 schreef Andreas Wacknitz A.Wacknitz at gmx.de:

> Am 27.01.21 um 17:19 schrieb stes at PANDORA.BE:
>> I have the impression that there is interest in a tex or texlive package,
>> in the OI repository.
>> Also there were already several IPS packages created apparently,
>> in the past, such as the OmniOS and/or many others,
>> and there's likely to be advanced TeX users reading this list.
>> This is not so strange, as TeX programming is quite advanced,
>> I think many users compile their own TeX from sources (as I do),
>> and TeX also has a "full set of tools" to "program" TeX,
>> and Perl programs to convert all sorts of formats into/from TeX.
>> I don't think it requires testing to see whether TeX or TeXlive builds,
>> compiles and/or works on OI.
>> The question is rather whether the OI repository has to offer it,
>> and whether someone who would work on it,
>> is not doing the work to then find out the pull request would be rejected.
>> Note that offering OpenIndiana tex or texlive is not obvious,
>> as then it requires storage (space) and,
>> someone to support TeX in the future, although the last issue,
>> is probably not that hard, since TeX is very mature, or very stable.
>> It may be a better choice to have an independent source or repository,
>> outside of OpenIndiana, offering the package
>> Such as https://www.opencsw.org/
>> In fact if OI would carry TeX in its repository, that version would likely
>> "compete" in some sense with the opencsw version,
> To my knowledge opencsw provides packages for Solaris 10 and earlier.
> Having our own TeXLive packages would be a big win. We already have a
> package that
> depends on libsynctex which we added separately.
>> as OI users would then have an easy way to install TeX from the OI repo.
>> Currently on the github page of OpenIndiana I see one project:
>> https://github.com/OpenIndiana/oi-userland/projects
>> there is one project called GCC
>> Would it be possible for someone who has the necessary permissions,
>> to open a project on github oi-userland called TeX ?
> Done.
> Now you have to fill it with (tex)life :D
> Andreas
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