[OS X TeX] Installing packages
Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Fri Jun 4 11:47:54 EDT 2004
> I didn't know the situation was quite this bad. OK, How about a
> LaTeX package manager a la fink? Essentially, this is a set of
> package-by-package rules for installing packages. Basically, we
> novice users depend on and trust the power users to write the rules.
> The payoff is that novice users don't have to become power users to
> simply install a package. Of course, there will be some 'rare'
> packages that it doesn't know about and it the rules it has will
> always lag new releases of packages, but that's still better than me
> having to figure out the arcane rules of package management.
The idea has merit. The problem is maintenance. I generally follow the
policy that I create as little maintenance as possible, and preferably
I use someone else's maintenance. E.g., I use teTeX's texmf tree
because it is well maintained instead fo trying to build my own
selection from TeX Live's Master tree. If I encounter a problem, I try
to make the original maintainer change things instead of doing my own
patches. Thomas Esser has been responsible for major improvements of
several of his script in such a way that they could be used in
i-Packages. Had I don that myself, I would have had the job to keep up
with his other developments.
So, when I am going to look into this, I will only do it if it can be
done without adding massive maintenance in yet another place (namely
mine). If it can't be done without generating a situation where humans
have to do synchronizing between several distributions, I will do it.
That way you produce something that does not break as soon as people
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