How to package executables

Henri Menke henrimenke at
Tue Jul 21 10:32:02 CEST 2020

On 21/07/20, 15:34, Norbert Preining wrote:
> Hi Takuto, hi Henri,
> On Tue, 21 Jul 2020, Takuto ASAKURA wrote:
> > sorry for break into the discussion, but may I ask why you want to put
> It was not Adam, he only answered to the thread about how to package
> and prepared a merged version - but that is from someone else.
> On Tue, 21 Jul 2020, Henri Menke wrote:
> > I second the opinion, that Python modules really should not be in TeX
> > Live.  As Takuto mentioned, there are already multiple channels for
> I disagree with both of you! Ok, so should we get rid of arara, latexmk,
> and maybe hundreds of other packages, too?

There is a major difference between these and the proposed Python
pacakges, which is that these are already in TeX Live and it would be a
big inconvenience for users if these were removed all of a sudden.

Also there is no standard cross-platform way comparable to pip install
Java and Perl programs.  I would think that users rather expect Python
software to be installable via pip than anything else.  It is of course
not my call whether you are going to maintain Python packages in TeX
Live, but I have the feeling that you might be doing the users a


> We don't distribute java, there are many other Python programs that are
> very useful.
> That is not an argument. And putting the script into pypi is nice, but
> nobody in the TeX world will probably find it, while including it in TeX
> Live is natural.
> Best
> Norbert
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