[tex-live] your eqexam package

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Fri Jul 9 14:05:48 CEST 2010

Victor Ivrii <vivrii at gmail.com> wrote:

> I do not see a great problem if some particular package is not
> included into TL as long as this package is maintained on CTAN in the
> standard form AND in tds.

really rather few packages are available in tds-based forms, other than
through tex live or miktex.  (in particular, none of don story's are
likely to be: he uses y&y tex, whose author set his face against
organising files *long* ago -- long before the company y&y closed its

> The good question is "if documentation comes
> without source, should be it on CTAN?". If I am not mistaken on of the
> answers is "NO"

it's not clear to me what you're saying here.  ctan certainly holds
documents whose source is not available.  when we notice the problem, we
tend to alert the author to the consequences, which is how this whole
starburst of complaint and counter-complaint started.

> and this I find problematic as we are sure that CTAN
> will exist forever (at least long enough)

this assumes that the present maintainers of ctan can be replaced when
they retire, or that they can afford to keep the work up when they
retire.  the latter point is likely to be difficult for me (i'm not far
from retiring).

> but we cannot be that sure
> about acrotex.net.

acrotex.net has survived don retiring.  i presume he gains income
through it (sensible man): i would gain no income from continuing ctan

in short, don't assume anything.


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