[NTG-context] How can I make a Gentoo Linux package for ConTeXt LMTX?

amano.kenji amano.kenji at proton.me
Thu Aug 18 15:44:34 CEST 2022

I really don't understand how TexLive is installed. On Gentoo Linux, the code that handles TexLive installation is complex. I can't reuse code that I don't understand.

I came from LaTeX background. I got sick of handling incompatible modules in LaTeX and decided to try ConTeXt. I had used texlive OS package. I just started learning ConTeXt.

In the vast majority of cases, `make install` installs everything.

In case of ConTeXt, there is no `make install`. So, there needs to be a document that teaches me which directories I can just copy each source directory of ConTeXt to. Copying luametatex to /usr/bin is going to be easy.

I never had to understand TexLive/ConTeXt directory structure because I just used TexLive OS package. Now, I'm stuck reverse-engineering a black box.

Am I supposed to execute the following commands in https://github.com/contextgarden/context-mirror?

cp fonts /path/to/usr/share/texmf-dist
cp context /path/to/usr/share/texmf-dist

If you teach package maintainers where directories can be installed, then the maintainers can adapt the instructions to their own linux distributions.

Example installation commands can help a lot.

install.sh handles the magic behind complex lua functions I don't understand.

------- Original Message -------
On Thursday, August 18th, 2022 at 1:16 PM, Alan <braslau.list at comcast.net> wrote:

> On Wed, 17 Aug 2022 17:42:18 +0200
> Hans Hagen via ntg-context ntg-context at ntg.nl wrote:
> > sorry, i just can't spent time on all the possible variant ways of
> > installation .. that is up to volunteers
> OS distribution packages are the responsibility of maintainers.
> "Upstream" developers can, and do, respond to requests for changes that
> might make packaging for a particular OS easier, but this is not
> directly the responsibility of developers.
> Most OS packages require patches for particularities of that OS
> environment. LMTX Context, being minimal and fully portable, should be
> very easy to package as most paths, fonts, etc. are determined
> dynamically. The Context distribution follows the TeX directory tree
> structure, and this might not be the practice of some OS, which, for
> example, might locate different resources on different branches of the
> system directory structure. Some OS distributions are very particular
> about this.
> I cannot understand the thrust of this thread.
> It appears that the only issue for now concerns the distribution of the
> luametatex source tree. This is not yet the case as luametatex has been
> undergoing much experimentation. A classic opensource depository
> would disrupt this experimentation as more people get involved in
> wanting to make modifications. I believe the intention is to make a
> release once luametatex development settles into a normal state.
> Alan

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