[tex-live] Bug#528493: texlive-base: apalike.sty missing

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Thu May 21 09:17:05 CEST 2009

Karl Berry <karl at freefriends.org> wrote:

>     but apalike.sty is not in TL 2008
> Or in any previous release.  I am a bit amazed that this has not been
> noticed before.  Guess everyone was still using teTeX (which had the
> germbib version installed), and/or uses natbib.

well, quite.  people obviously _do_ go for current packages rather than
those long left behind ... this old apalike really has all the hallmarks
of an "original" latex 2.09 package.

> The germbib version is available in TL'07 (and subsequent) in
> doc/bibtex/germbib/apalike.germbib_sty, specifically to avoid conflict
> with the (heretofore uninstalled) standard one.
> Now I have installed all the standard apalike files from
> CTAN:biblio/bibtex/contrib/apalike, so the conflict actually exists :).
> We now have:
>   texmf-dist/bibtex/bst/apalike/apalike.bst
>   texmf-dist/doc/bibtex/apalike/apalike.doc
>   texmf-dist/tex/latex/apalike/apalike.sty
>   texmf-dist/tex/plain/apalike/apalike.tex
> (I also removed apalike.bst from bibtex/bst/base.)
>     one looks newer by the file date (and it uses \refname and \bibname
>     instead of hardcoded strings):
> Which is clearly desirable.  I have written to Oren about it.

it might be appropriate to 2e-ise the thing, completely.  i really have
no feel about how many people use that whole enormous bibtex/contrib
tree.  (the germbib modifications arise from the 2.09 changes wrought by
frank and rainer before the 2e project got under way.)

> Robin/CTAN: as far as I can see, apalike2.bst is not anything Oren did;
> it's a modification by one Brian Reiser.  I suggest moving it to a
> different directory, such as biblio/bibtex/contrib/apalike2.

will do.  reiser doesn't appear anywhere else on ctan, so here's for his
moment of glory.  (ha ha.  who ever reads the catalogue anyway?)

ah ... i note that one eric ho (with the amazing address eho at word) also
had a hand in it.  it looks as though the two of them were thinking
quite hard about usage in some environment where they were working.


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