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Re: Prefer luatex for documentation

From: Luca Fascione
Subject: Re: Prefer luatex for documentation
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2022 13:46:40 +0100

Sorry, luatex is like 10yrs old, what's the need for xetex again? Maybe I
could justify pdftex (I really don't quite see it, but maybe) but xetex
seems just arbitrary... Or do you mean for a transition period?

What's the oldest system that this Lilypond would be used on? What's the
youngest texlive that will run on that system? That's your tex distro of


On Mon, 21 Nov 2022, 13:43 Jean Abou Samra, <> wrote:

> > Le 21 nov. 2022 à 13:36, Werner LEMBERG <> a écrit :
> >
> > To clarify what Jean wants if he mentions 'maintenance burden': We are
> > talking about a potential change checking for all three TeX variants
> > in the `configure` script, or rather, what TeX versions should be
> > tested against.
> >
> > The patch for such a decision is trivial.  It doesn't mean that it
> > would no longer be possible to build the documentation for a given TeX
> > flavour, it is just that `xetex` (or `pdftex`) would be no longer in
> > the toolchain for CI and building the final version of the
> > documentation.
> Well, things that don’t get tested have a tendency to get broken over
> time, but indeed it wouldn’t mean preventing from compiling with XeTeX in
> the immediate future.
> It would mean that once XeTeX does break, we don’t get “hello, I am a new
> contributor / a distro packager, and your doc build is failing for me with
> this obscure error: …”.
> Jean

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