Texlive old install support
khzimmer at posteo.de
khzimmer at posteo.de
Tue Apr 14 12:32:37 CEST 2020
Am 14.04.2020 12:22 schrieb Joseph Wright:
> On 14/04/2020 01:45, Warren MacEvoy wrote:
>> I am trying to maintain a docker container (like a small virtual
>> machine with specific software0 so TexLive users can make a specific
>> container that reliably and efficiently can be used to make their
>> latex documents.
>> 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 packages.
>> 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.
>> I tried downloading an archive build and got a failed installation on
>> a checksum.
>> Reliably building old documents should be a priority for the texlive
>> system. Otherwise a love of creative intellectual property will
>> become unstable.
>> 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…
>> Warren MacEvoy
> If you want to use a TeX Live version longer-term, what's the issue
> with installing the historic ones from ISO? The TeX Live people mainly
> just install other people's (La)TeX packages: actual binary changes
> are a small part of the total work done.
> I have TeX Live from 2009 onward installed on my own PC, which with
> today's disk sizes is quite achievable: I'm not sure there is an big
> issue there. (People like AMS who need absolute stability archive
> every part of the build setup with every file, but that's an extreme
this problem affects me, too. My users are German speaking book authors
with (mostly) very limited IT knowledge.
For them following the simple instructions by the installation
wizard-style GUI works fine -- just using the default settings -- but it
would be much more difficult for them to download and work with an ISO
Perfect (from users' point of view) would be:
Having radiobuttons in the GUI:
( ) Use last year's TeX Life collection
( ) Use newest TeX Life
Could that be done? :)
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