Bruce Dubbs 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 
building with:

   --disable-xindy --disable-xetex --disable-xdvipdfmx --without-x

I don't see a need for those.

   -- Bruce

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