[twg-tds] archive files and versioning

George Georgalis george at galis.org
Mon Sep 27 20:41:28 CEST 2010

I hope I'm posting to the appropriate list.

I found broken links on

The "TUG Technical Council" mailing list is "devfund" (?) @tug.org

There is a broken link in CTAN announcements and updates for subscribe on
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I'm writing about the absence of version numbers in the
tex archive files. I imagine this has been discussed before and
I'm not interested in reloading a flame. But from a 3rd party
perspective, there is a problem with not having versioned archive
files available. I appreciate the convenience of always having
the same name for release files but the specific consequence of
only releasing archives that way is the inability of third parties
to perform integrity validation. When one version is tested, and
another version is released of the same name, the validation
testing fails.

I propose, continuing to offer unversioned files in the tex archive
but also offering versioned equivalents for a limited time.

for example if helvetic.tar.xz was also available as


Than anyone requiring specific versions could access the
particular ones and symlinks or copy of the original would make
the unversioned name also available. A policy of 6 months hosting
of deprecated versions (if they don't have security issues) would
aid in coordination as well.

I appreciate tug is a *big* project and infrastructure with many
factors to consider. If retooling infrastructure, bandwidth or
disk-space is an issue, perhaps hosting the archives on sourceforge
or similar would solve that problem---create a branch repository
there for release versions and let them manage hosting, storage
and bandwidth?


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