[NTG-context] distro info

Jesse Alama alama at stanford.edu
Mon Jun 30 07:27:49 CEST 2008

"Mojca Miklavec" <mojca.miklavec.lists at gmail.com> writes:

> On Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 6:35 PM, Jesse Alama wrote:
>> "Thomas A. Schmitz" writes:
>> The basis for my own comments in this thread do not lie in a preference
>> for graphical tools, but rather for a straightforward way to stay
>> up-to-date with the whole of ConTeXt in a way that ctxtools does not
>> currently provide.  A command-line interface for that would be great,
>> and so would a graphical tool.
> That's not a general solution, but if you need it for yourself, you
> can put the following to some file and execute it whenever you want:
> rsync -av rsync://contextgarden.net/minimals/current/context/beta/
> /path/to/your/texmf/
> rsync -av rsync://contextgarden.net/minimals/current/bin/luatex/linux/bin/
> /path/to/your/binaries/
> etc.
> There's a limited set of folders that you need to update, and it will
> only update new files, you don't need to update everything.

Two questions:

1. What's the difference between getting the texmf tree using rsync, as
you suggest, and using ctxtools --updatecontext?  Are those equivalent?

2. It looks like the subdirectories that I want are


if I want to follow only luatex development.  (The only subdirectories
that aren't in that list are mswin, which doesn't apply to me, and
pdftex and xetex.)  I'd like to just put this on top of my TeXLive
(2007) distribution.  Once I copy thse binaries to my TeXLive binary
directory, what's the next step?  Do I need to rebuild the ConTeXt
format, for example?

What I'm looking for is a way to keep up-to-date with ConTeXt and LuaTeX
development; I'd rather not keep a separate installation with all and
only ConTeXt in it, together with a shell script that sets up *only*
ConTeXt.  I'm happy to keep up-to-date by overwriting the relevant parts
of my TeXLive distribution with the freshest texmf and binaries.  That
way, within a single shell I can use the freshest ConTeXt as well as
LaTeX and pacakges from the TeX Collection.  Perhaps I am going against
the intention of the "minimal installation"; but the discussion of how
to get a minimal ConTeXt installation overlaps with the discussion of
how to stay up-to-date.  I'm more interested in the latter than the
former.  Perhaps the best thing for such a user would be to just track
the TeXLive development tree using cvs or rsync.  I'm curious to hear
any suggetions.



Jesse Alama (alama at stanford.edu)

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