Dominik Wujastyk wujastyk at
Fri Jan 15 14:33:45 UTC 2010

Dear Norbert,

Thank you very much indeed for clarifying things for me.  There's obviously
been masses of work on this going on by you and colleagues that I have been
unaware of.  And of course, I'm extremely grateful, and look forward to
TL2009 arriving in my Ubuntu system.  I hesitate to offer, but is there
anything I can do to help?

Is there documentation somewhere about the processes involved in what you
call the "rather big transition" of packages from CTAN to the Debian
repositories?  Is this transition always via TeXLive, i.e., an annual update

Am I right in thinking that Christan Schenk maintains a completely separate
repository, by himself, that is unrelated to the Debian repository?

Best wishes, and greetings from the Institute, now amongst the beautiful old
AKH quadrangles (picture attached).


2010/1/15 Norbert Preining <preining at>

> Hi Dominik,
> short answer to all that:
> Debian contains TeX Live 2009, it should move soon from unstable to
> testing.
> After that Ubuntu will probably pull the new TeX Live packages into
> Ubuntu and from then on TeX Live 2009 will be available for Ubuntu.
> On Fr, 15 Jan 2010, Dominik Wujastyk wrote:
> > Do you have any background on all this, Sebastian?  Can you suggest any
> ways
> > in which the Synaptic repositories could be kept up to date with CTAN?
>  As
> You (Dominik) are missing something here. First, it si not synaptic,
> or not for that matter, apt-get, aptitude, whatever package manager
> of Ubuntu you are using.
> Debian and Ubuntu are packaging these packages in a way fitting for
> the distributions. Normally Debian does the packaging, Ubuntu just
> pulls from Debian and sometimes makes small adjustments.
> > everything is in fact happening, and TL2009 will appear in the
> > Synaptic repository soon, thanks to the work of Preining and Küster.
> As said, they are already in Debian, but need to swap over into
> testing (which is a rather big transition) and then Ubuntu will pull
> from them.
> I am quite sure that Sebastian cannot do anything here, the way of
> packages from upstream authors to CTAN to TeX Live (proper) to
> Debian packages is a long way.
> If you still have questions, let me know. And greet my my old institute,
> I was studying "Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde" for some years
> there, back in the days when it was in the Marie-Theresienstraße.
> Good old times I am missing the smoke heavy seminars, between all the
> old books and images. Nowadays impossible.
> Best wishes
> Norbert
> PS: Yes I am from Vienna, but currently working in Japan, and for the
> next few years. Still we can meet at some point I am visiting Vienna
> again and again.
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