[Slackbuilds-users] Tex Live 2014 - Update / Part 2

Eugen Wissner belka.ew at gmail.com
Tue Jul 1 13:10:30 UTC 2014

tetex is really deprecated and the author of tetex said to use TeXLive
instead of tetex. Slackware still ships tetex because of its size.
Slackware is 1-dvd (4CD) distribution and texlive would need an additional
space. Because of that Robby wants to create a smaller "main" package and
do available everything else from SBo.


2014-07-01 14:55 GMT+02:00 Rich Shepard <rshepard at appl-ecosys.com>:

> On Mon, 30 Jun 2014, Robby Workman wrote:
>  Well, we need a TeX distribution in Slackware, if only to build docs and
>> such when upstream sources require it. I think there's a general consensus
>> that tetex simply isn't adequate for "real" TeX users, so they have to
>> replace it with TeX Live in order to do their own work.
>   I must be missing something important. I've been using the tetex included
> with Slackware since I adopted this distribution in 2003. I've writen a
> book
> in it (published by Springer), prepare figures and plots with PSTricks, and
> do more than 90% of my writing with it (using the LyX front end for
> convenience). I recall reading several years ago that the tetex author (Tom
> E<something>) was no longer maintaining it so it would be replaced. I
> thought that TeXLive was the replacement, yet I see that tetex is still in
> the Slackware distributions.
>   Over the past decade I've not experienced any deficiencies in my use of
> tetex. I switched to TeXLive-2010 only because I thought tetex was
> deprecated.
>   None of this bears on Robby's anguish over how to move TeXLive into the
> distribution, yet I'd like to learn why tetex is not adequate (I consider
> myself a 'real' LaTeX user) and why it's still in the distribution if
> maintanence was dropped a while ago.
> A curious mind would like to know,
> Rich
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