TeX Live 2012
Upgrade TeX Live to at least 2012. Use packaging based on upstream metadata and don't use monolithic build any more.
- Name: Jindrich Novy jnovy at redhat dot com
- Targeted release: Fedora 18
- Last updated: 2013-04-12
- Percentage of completion: 100%
TeX Live uses uses its own classification of TeX packages which can be automated and used by packaging systems in various distributions. The packaging metadata that upstream provides allows to distinguish doc, source and runtime files which could then be packaged separately.
Benefit to Fedora
A better packaging scheme allows to reduce bandwidth and save significant disc space. The centralized packaging (i.e. everything is generated and built form single SRPM) also allows simpler maintenance than having several thousands separate TeX packages.
To simplify the situation of installing hundreds of packages for end users, TeX Live consists of:
1) schemes (texlive-scheme-*) packages 2) collections (texlive-collection-*) packages
both of these are just metapackages (designed by TeX Live's upstream) to let user decide to install a particular size of installtion or functionality, e.g.: texlive-scheme-medium, texlive-scheme-tetex, etc. These package sets do overlap. Schemes are used for users which don't understand much of TeX but wants a particular type of deployment.
The collections are more fine-grained schemes for people who understand TeX a bit and demands some of its feature, e.g.: texlive-collection-publishers, texlive-collection-langitalian, etc. there are currently 83 such collections present in texlive. As of 12. April these collections are available:
texlive-collection-basic texlive-collection-bibtexextra texlive-collection-binextra texlive-collection-context texlive-collection-documentation-arabic texlive-collection-documentation-base texlive-collection-documentation-bulgarian texlive-collection-documentation-chinese texlive-collection-documentation-czechslovak texlive-collection-documentation-dutch texlive-collection-documentation-english texlive-collection-documentation-finnish texlive-collection-documentation-french texlive-collection-documentation-german texlive-collection-documentation-italian texlive-collection-documentation-japanese texlive-collection-documentation-korean texlive-collection-documentation-mongolian texlive-collection-documentation-polish texlive-collection-documentation-portuguese texlive-collection-documentation-russian texlive-collection-documentation-serbian texlive-collection-documentation-slovenian texlive-collection-documentation-spanish texlive-collection-documentation-thai texlive-collection-documentation-turkish texlive-collection-documentation-ukrainian texlive-collection-documentation-vietnamese texlive-collection-fontsextra texlive-collection-fontsrecommended texlive-collection-fontutils texlive-collection-formatsextra texlive-collection-games texlive-collection-genericextra texlive-collection-genericrecommended texlive-collection-htmlxml texlive-collection-humanities texlive-collection-langafrican texlive-collection-langarabic texlive-collection-langarmenian texlive-collection-langcjk texlive-collection-langcroatian texlive-collection-langcyrillic texlive-collection-langczechslovak texlive-collection-langdanish texlive-collection-langdutch texlive-collection-langenglish texlive-collection-langfinnish texlive-collection-langfrench texlive-collection-langgerman texlive-collection-langgreek texlive-collection-langhebrew texlive-collection-langhungarian texlive-collection-langindic texlive-collection-langitalian texlive-collection-langlatin texlive-collection-langlatvian texlive-collection-langlithuanian texlive-collection-langmongolian texlive-collection-langnorwegian texlive-collection-langother texlive-collection-langpolish texlive-collection-langportuguese texlive-collection-langspanish texlive-collection-langswedish texlive-collection-langtibetan texlive-collection-langturkmen texlive-collection-langvietnamese texlive-collection-latexextra texlive-collection-latexrecommended texlive-collection-latex texlive-collection-luatex texlive-collection-mathextra texlive-collection-metapost texlive-collection-music texlive-collection-omega texlive-collection-pictures texlive-collection-plainextra texlive-collection-pstricks texlive-collection-publishers texlive-collection-science texlive-collection-texinfo texlive-collection-xetex
Requires packaging or testing and/or enhancements in fedora infrastructure.
How To Test
TeX Live 2012
Fedora 18 and newer: TeX Live is part of mainline distribution. No special setup needed.
The following is valid for Fedora 17:
# yum remove tex-* texlive-* # cat > /etc/yum.repos.d/texlive.repo <<EOF [texlive] name=texlive baseurl=http://jnovy.fedorapeople.org/texlive/2012/packages.f17/ enabled=1 gpgcheck=0 EOF # yum update; yum install texlive
The package contains repo file for yum which contains TeX Live with binaries. After installing the release package do:
# yum clean all # yum install texlive
if you don't have texlive already installed. Otherwise you can update your old TeX Live 2007 installation like:
# yum clean all # yum update
This will install the basic TeX Live scheme.
Users could use exactly the part of TeX they need without wasting disc space.
- need to do a license audit - DONE
- need mass review for all packages before this feature is completed - DONE
- import of all of the ~1600 packages need to be finished
- all of the packages need to be built
Stay stuck with TeX Live 2007.
TeX Live 2012 is now introduced with improved packaging scheme that saves download bandwidth and disc size. It is based on upstream packaging metadata and an automated license audit is performed. Packages are now composed from schemes and collections to define a package set user needs to install to use a particular TeX Live feature.
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