[tex-live] TL and win32
staw at gust.org.pl
Tue Dec 19 09:29:49 CET 2006
On Tue, 19 Dec 2006, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> Well, adding variables is not a problem. What I do not recommend is
> to remove the -sys stuff. If you cannot distinguish between
> getnonfreefonts and getnonfreefonts-sys I fear that users and system
> administrators install files in the same directory which will lead to
> severe problems with file permissions (as happened in TL2005).
I do not see any related issues concerning file permission. Simply: we
do not have -sys variant executables (like fmtutil, updmap) for win32,
so having env variables in texmf.cnf caused only a mess for win users
(e.g. while running any program which updates ls-R).
> Regarding different texmf.cnf files for UNIX/Windows: It doesn't hurt
> if they are different, but I'm not completely convinced that this is a
> good idea unless there is a good reason. If you provide a different
> version vntex users will be grateful if you set the variable OSFONTDIR
> there so that the system fonts are found. On the other hand I do not
> see any problem setting it in the generic texmf.cnf too. The best
> solution however is if the installer sets the environment variable
OK, why not adding it to WIN32?
> > 2. what is the status of getnonfreefonts? I found that generated
> > one (and on svn repo) is different with that found on Reinhard's
> > site (and on tug.org).
> I wrote the html file a few hours before I went to Marrakech because I
> assumed that you can't reach me there. Later I uploaded
> getnonfreefonts, wget, pdftodsc to the TL repository. I also uploaded
> the wget sources to Master/source as required by the current version
> of the GPL.
OK, wget.exe is also in bin/win32
> > What about windows binary: any .bat or wraper made by irun?
> I created .bat wrappers. But you deleted everything anyway. Please
> don't worry, I will check whether getnonfreefonts is installed
> properly in all Master/bin directories tomorrow anyway.
Ooops, sorry, I reinserted many of deleted win32 scripts (rev. 2806)
> > 4. as for Ghostscript, I'm going to add support/gs854w32-gpl.exe
> > which will be also installed on demand by tlpmgui. The problem is
> > that it is installed by default in C:\Program Files\gs (I hate
> > that!) and the installer have to make env variables for such crazy
> > directory.
> Hmm, please keep in mind that it is not sufficient to run the
> installer. The batch files are still in the lib directory and not
> copied to a directory which is in PATH by the ghostscript installer.
> At least this happened to me when I installed it at work.
As I wrote you before, I consider all those .bat files from the
Ghostscript distribution very rarely needed for TeX applications...
We have enough scripts using GS, so I would leave the whole mess
to the (advanced) users. All in all, the installer have to add
gswin32c.exe location to PATH, and add GS_LIB env variable.
> It is much better to have a zip file which is supposed to be extracted
> in tlroot. I'll create such a zip file tomorrow. You can look into
> it and decide whether you want to use it or not.
OK, it would be better to unzip it e.g. in just c:\gs
> I think that it is easier for the TeXLive installer just to extract a
> zip file in tlroot and you can avoid ugly env vars.
> Maybe it was not a good idea to delete all old files in bin/win32.
> I have no overview about what is missing now, but besides
> getnonfreefonts at least thumbpdf.exe had been removed.
You mean rather pdfthumb.exe? I'll reinsert it for sake...
Thanks for your notes,
StaW at gust.org.pl
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