[NTG-context] ConTeXt on MikTeX broken
George N. White III
gnwiii at gmail.com
Tue May 6 16:29:47 CEST 2008
On Sat, May 3, 2008 at 7:00 AM, Mojca Miklavec
<mojca.miklavec.lists at gmail.com> wrote:
> some time ago some MikTeX users have complained that ConTeXt doesn't
> work on MikTeX. It seems to be a problem with MikTeX itself since this
> workaround seems to solve the problem, at least temporary:
> ruby "C:\Program Files\MiKTeX
> 2.7\scripts\context\ruby\texmfstart.rb" texexec
I'm not so quick to blame MiKTeX -- I suspect texmfstart.rb would need
to provide some path searching tailored to MiKTeX. It seems to rely
on $0 with a tetex/texlive directory structure where SELFAUTOPARENT
can be used. The only criticism of MiKTeX is that it is silly to distribute
a broken package, but then it is up to ConTeXt users to report breakage
and, ideally, supply fixes.
> (But apparently there are not many MikTeX users on the list anyway.
> Else more would have complained.)
Don't complain, just switch to a platform/distro where ConTeXt works
and use mpm (since few others provide updates with the speed and
convenience of MiKTeX).
I think MiKTeX should remain focusing on the packages and binaries,
and rely on upstream to fix broken packages.
George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia
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