[tex-live] include directories to search for additonalfileslike *.bib *.sty, etc.

Pander pander at users.sourceforge.net
Tue May 11 09:16:31 CEST 2010

On Tue, May 11, 2010 00:33, Robin Fairbairns wrote:
> Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard <mpg at elzevir.fr> wrote:

Hi all,

Has anyone tried to contact the owners of those packages and explain the
situation. Perhaps they might reconsider and change the license. Reasons
should not only be easy inclusion in texlive but also that the quality of
their packages ca improve when other people feel compelled to contribute.
Maybe the more people ask, the better.



>> Le 10/05/2010 22:43, Thomas Jung a écrit :
>> > But had to install two packages by myself. "floatflt" and "colortab".
>> > This is no problem for me, but was wondering because everybody
>> > said to me tex-live is the most complete distribution.
>> > Is there a reason why this two packages are not in the "main" tree?
>> Licences. According to the catalogue:
>> - colortab: Free for use but distribution for profit only by arrangement
> (straightforward no-sell licence.  definitely impossible to put this in
> tex live, which can sometimes find itself being sold.)
>> - floatflt: Other non-Debian licenses
> "you may not modify" the source .dtx or .ins.  this is a stronger
> requirement than knuth's (change name if modify), which tex live accepts
> (rightly, i think, not that it's any of my business).
> it's a bore, this sort of thing; but there are people who feel the need
> to apply protection to their code, even if it makes life difficult for
> their users.  remember, it's only with the advent of tex live and the
> like that that installation has become a straightforward matter, for the
> most part; when i got my first tex installation, it came on a 9-track
> tape, and in those pre-ctan days, one had really to hunt for packages.
> if you had to install a new package by hand, after all that.
> but it was quite a while back, when things started to change.  when seb
> rahtz started tex live, we agreed a uk tug grant of *several hundred
> pounds* for a cd writer for him (we all had _readers_ by then, but a
> _writer_...).
> the last dvd writer i bought cost £17...
> robin

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