[Fedora-packaging] Texlive packaging and "Errata packages"

Matthias Clasen mclasen at redhat.com
Tue Aug 7 01:28:53 UTC 2007

On Mon, 2007-08-06 at 20:54 -0400, Jeremy Katz wrote:
> On Tue, 2007-08-07 at 00:31 +0200, Patrice Dumas wrote:
> > On Mon, Aug 06, 2007 at 11:28:38PM +0100, Jonathan Underwood wrote:
> > > I know Rex Dieter likes the errata package idea. I wonder what others think?
> > 
> > I think that such decisions should be left to the packagers, as long as
> > it is not obviously wrong. A bit like split choices.
> Hey, OOo dictionaries are big... let's make errata packages for them
> differently for updates.  Maybe for the data for $game, too.
> ...
> I think that this is a pretty bad idea for us to follow down.  Much like
> we package perl modules natively rather than telling people to use CPAN,
> we should be handling updates to packages natively rather than errata
> packages that stand along-side.  If the argument is size and space, then
> help out with testing presto and getting the support into the
> buildsystem so that we can have it enabled by default and helping for
> *all* packages rather than just a select few that have built their own
> way of doing thing 

Another alternative is to package the texmf tree more modular, which
would not only help to reduce space consumption for updates, but also
for the initial installation - not everybody who uses latex also has
a burning need for context...

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