bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Sat Oct 30 21:10:06 PDT 2010
Ken Moffat wrote:
> I'll be honest - TeX isn't something I use, but several of the
> packages I'm about to update use it.
I don't have TeX on my system and I haven't used it in several years,
but I think you don't know what it is. It is a typesetting written by
Donald Knuth first released in 1978. I used to use it fairly
extensively. Almost every mathematical formula formatting system is
based on it.
I have written several programs that create output in TeX. It does a
very nice job. It can also create typeface glyphs with MetaFont.
The implementation of TeX used to be teTeX. It is now TeX Live. Since
I don't have a need for TeX any more, I haven't built it. I'm not
opposed to removing it from BLFS if it is such a pain to build, but I
don't see where it would be a vulnerability.
Looking at http://www.tug.org/texlive/build.html and
http://www.tug.org/svn/texlive/trunk/Build/source/README, I'd recommend
--disable-xindy --disable-xetex --disable-xdvipdfmx --without-x
I don't see a need for those.
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