Texlive old install support

David Carlisle d.p.carlisle at gmail.com
Tue Apr 14 12:57:00 CEST 2020

> 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?  :)
> Cheers
> Karl-Heinz

I think it would be a big mistake to offer such a simple gui option to end users
Some people who really need archive stability and possibly a virtual
machine archiving an entire historic build process can do that, but
they don't need a radio button to help them.

But to offer an end user an easy option to install a tex system that
can not be updated and is likely untested with current packages that
are available on ctan seems very risky.

If the end user has a document and it fails to work after updating the
texlive year that should (normally) be considered as a bug. It's
always reasonable to report it anyway, the package author will either
accept it as a bug or document what change is required in the new


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