[twg-tds] Re: [tex-live] t1code.tex not found
karl at freefriends.org
Thu Mar 11 14:59:29 CET 2004
petr> Why and for whom is the TDS dessigned?
petr> I am asking to somebody from TDS team: would you explain your
aims? Human or computer?
Either, both, whoever finds it useful.
It was originally created because different TeX distributions at the
time (1994 or so) had wildly different runtime directory structures,
including everything in one big directory. A need was perceived to make
them consistent, as much as possible. So we tried to codify existing
practice and come up with a scheme that everyone could implement.
I recognize your argument about the extra `base' subdirectory not
matching existing documentation. On the other hand, other humans (as
well as programs, as we know) might be equally surprised by having an
underlying format not in a base directory. (find -name base ...)
I don't know what the answer is.
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