[NTG-context] Context modules not on CATN and not in TeX Live (slightly OT)

Axel Kielhorn tex at axelkielhorn.de
Mon Jan 26 18:02:04 CET 2015

Am 26.01.2015 um 14:03 schrieb Mojca Miklavec <mojca.miklavec.lists at gmail.com>:

> On Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 1:40 PM, Keith Schultz wrote:
>> Hi Alex,
>> The simple answer to your question would be to use this page:
>> http://www.ctan.org/upload/
> No, in case of ConTeXt that's not correct. The idea would be to handle
> everything automatically once the modules are uploaded to
> modules.contextgarden.net. Some discrepancies are intentional, some
> are "bugs" (read as: nobody noticed that a module was missing and/or
> bothered requesting it).

That's what I was hoping.

>> I would suggest that you point them to the Standalone stable release,
>> if you actually need the missing third party modules.
> No, wait, let's try to clear things up first.
> If modules should be on CTAN and aren't, I'll add them to CTAN. If
> modules are on CTAN, but not in TeX Live, we should figure out why
> they are excluded from TeX Live and either make sure that they are
> either added to TeX Live (if there are no problems with licencing,
> packaging etc.) or removed from CTAN (in case they are not really
> useful). We could keep some modules on CTAN if they are useful, but
> don't qualify for TL inclusion for some obscure reason.

Two modules that are on CTAN but not on TeX Live are the URW font support files.
The fonts are non-commercial thus the support files are not included.
The fonts are on CTAN and there is a utility to install them to texmf-local.

(Probably not needed for MkIV.)

> "Don't use TeX Live" could be the proper advice for someone who wants
> to use the latest version of ConTeXt, but one shouldn't confuse the
> user just because a module is missing in TL by accident.

I prefer the "Everything is already on your computer, let's try it!"
approach. Having to install (and maintain) a second system makes it difficult to convince someone to try ConTeXt.

Maybe the install instructions on the wiki should be amended for TL 2014.
I look into that once the visualcounter is in TeX Live:-)


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