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bug#27296: [PATCH 33/35] gnu: Add texlive-union.

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: bug#27296: [PATCH 33/35] gnu: Add texlive-union.
Date: Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:12:08 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.2 (gnu/linux)

Ricardo Wurmus <address@hidden> skribis:

> Ludovic Courtès <address@hidden> writes:
>> Ricardo Wurmus <address@hidden> skribis:
>>> * gnu/packages/tex.scm (texlive-union): New procedure.
>> [...]
>>> +(define-public texlive-union (lambda* (#:optional (packages '()))
>>> +  "Return 'texlive-union' package which is a union of PACKAGES and the
>>> +standard LaTeX packages."
>>> +  (let ((default-packages
>>> +          (list texlive-bin
>>> +                texlive-dvips
>>> +                texlive-fonts-cm
>> (Indentation is unusual here.)
>> Does ‘texlive-union’ become the user interface to install LaTeX, along
>> with ‘texlive-tiny’ and maybe a ‘texlive-full’ meta-package?
>> Do you think this could be turned into a profile hook, somehow, such
>> that users who install a bunch of ‘texlive-*’ packages would immediately
>> get something that works without having to write Scheme code that calls
>> ‘texlive-union’?
> “texlive-union” is primarily for the benefit of package definitions that
> currently use “texlive” as an input, as the alternative is for these
> packages to set a lot of environment variables in build phases.  I
> reduced the number of variables by providing texmf.cnf, but at the very
> least packages would have to set TEXMFCNF and provide their own
> texmf.cnf to make the texlive binaries find packages, fonts,
> configurations, etc.

I see, that makes sense!  So the ‘texmf.cnf’ file created by
‘texlive-union’ is automatically found, right?

> A profile hook would be the best way to handle the installation of
> packages into profiles.  I just haven’t written it yet :)

Fair enough, no problem!


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