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bug#27217: texlive is too big

From: Ricardo Wurmus
Subject: bug#27217: texlive is too big
Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2019 16:34:25 +0100
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Hey Pierre,

> I'm so sorry for the poor wording, Ricardo, it was uncalled for.  (Wrote in a
> haste.)  What I meant is that it does not solve the current issue of "what 
> file
> belongs to what package."

No worries :)

> It's not just the importer but our current approach to TeXlive that we've got 
> to
> work out.

I agree.  It’s always been messy and currently it’s pretty frustrating
to package or update TeXlive packages.

What I find most troubling is that sources are littered across the SVN
repository.  Sometimes we’ve got simple .ins and .dtx files, but very
often we have a stray .sty or .tex file in some seemingly arbitary
directory and one needs to manually take care of adding these extra
source files to the native-inputs.  This could be improved even before a
full overhaul of our TeXlive handling: add a convenience procedure that
takes a list of file names in the repository and collects them via SVN
as the source tree.  Beats having to add extra build phases and the

>> : I'm more and more convinced that rewriting the texlive-build-system 
>> centered
>> : around texlive.tlpdb would work and is the right approach.
>> Could you please outline what this would mean?
> Sure: if you look at the file, you'll see it's a textual database of all
> packages with their respective file.  A possible solution that we could
> implement either as a build-system or an importer: lookup the package in the 
> tlpdb
> (e.g. mflogo) and package all the corresponding file from the svn repo.  
> Sounds
> simple enough.  What do you think?

I don’t see this file in the texlive SVN repository.  Where is it

So, it’s a map of packages to file names?  That would probably simplify
the importer.  I don’t think it would help with the build system.  Am I
missing something?


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