Texlive old install support
texnician at e.mail.de
Tue Apr 14 08:12:26 CEST 2020
> A real problem is that each year I have to move to the latest tex live
> distribution; which inevitably breaks the building of documents based on older
Why should it break? Docker supports versioning (tagging). So you could have a
tag latest point to the latest TeX Live but provide tags for older releases.
Have a look at the images of the Island of TeX:
They provide latest and historical releases.
> Philosophically, this is a serious problem. There are many old documents which
> will require expert intervention to create if the build tools move this much
> every year, and the old tools do not work.
When using tagging the user could fetch a versioned (read TL year) image.
Because the ISO images of old releases do not change there would be no broken
> Can there be a long term maintenance policy for some versions of texlive?
> Leaving an archive to 3rd parties does not seem reasonable, especially if those
> builds just fail after one year…
What's missing from the ISO images that are provided on the mirrors? They are a
complete snapshot of the software at that time.
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