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[ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: TeX Live 2014

Cygwin's TeX Live packages have been updated to the latest upstream release, TeX Live 2014.

TeX Live provides a comprehensive, cross-platform TeX system. It includes all the major TeX-related programs, macro packages, and fonts that are free software, including support for many languages around the world. For more information, see

The TeX Live executables and supporting libraries are contained in the following Cygwin packages:

*** texlive-20140523-1

*** libkpathsea6-20140523-1
*** libkpathsea-devel-20140523-1

libkpathsea is a TeX file and path search library.

*** libptexenc1-20140523-1
*** libptexenc-devel-20140523-1

libptexenc is a TeX Unicode encoding library.

*** asymptote-2.32-1

Asymptote is a powerful descriptive vector graphics language for technical drawing, inspired by MetaPost but with an improved C++-like syntax. Asymptote provides for figures the same high-quality typesetting that LaTeX does for scientific text.

In addition, upstream TeX Live provides thousands of "packages", grouped into "collections". There is a Cygwin package for each upstream collection; there are also Cygwin packages containing documentation for some of the collections.

*** texlive-collection-basic-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-basic-doc-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-bibtexextra-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-bibtexextra-doc-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-binextra-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-binextra-doc-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-context-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-context-doc-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-fontsextra-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-fontsextra-doc-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-fontsrecommended-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-fontsrecommended-doc-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-fontutils-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-fontutils-doc-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-formatsextra-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-games-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-genericextra-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-genericextra-doc-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-genericrecommended-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-genericrecommended-doc-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-htmlxml-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-humanities-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-humanities-doc-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-langafrican-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-langarabic-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-langchinese-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-langcjk-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-langcyrillic-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-langczechslovak-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-langenglish-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-langeuropean-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-langfrench-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-langgerman-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-langgreek-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-langindic-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-langitalian-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-langjapanese-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-langkorean-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-langother-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-langpolish-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-langportuguese-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-langspanish-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-latex-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-latex-doc-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-latexextra-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-latexextra-doc-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-latexrecommended-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-latexrecommended-doc-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-luatex-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-luatex-doc-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-mathextra-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-mathextra-doc-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-metapost-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-metapost-doc-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-music-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-music-doc-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-omega-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-pictures-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-pictures-doc-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-plainextra-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-pstricks-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-pstricks-doc-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-publishers-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-publishers-doc-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-science-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-science-doc-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-xetex-20140523-1
*** texlive-collection-xetex-doc-20140523-1

Most people do not need the full TeX Live installation, which is huge and can take hours to install. If you're not sure what you need, here are some possible ways to start:

Minimal: Install texlive and its dependencies. This provides plain TeX but not LaTeX.

Small: Install texlive-collection-latex and its dependencies. This is a minimal installation with LaTeX.

Standard: Install texlive-collection-latexrecommended and its dependencies. This provides the most commonly used non-graphics LaTeX packages. Install texlive-collection-pictures if you want the standard graphics packages too.

If you find you need more, consider installing the following packages:

* texlive-collection-bibtexextra
* texlive-collection-binextra
* texlive-collection-fontsextra
* texlive-collection-formatsextra
* texlive-collection-genericextra
* texlive-collection-latexextra
* texlive-collection-mathextra

Postinstall scripts
Many of the texlive-collection-* packages have time-consuming postinstall scripts, especially if they have to install fonts or formats. Please be patient, and don't assume that the scripts or setup have hung.

Because of a change in fontconfig-2.11.1-1, applications like XeTeX that use fontconfig may not be able to find some of the fonts distributed with TeX Live. See

As a workaround until this is fixed, edit the file /etc/fonts/fonts.conf and add the following three lines to the "Font directory list" section:


CJK collections
The langchinese, langjapanese, and langkorean collections are new with TeX Live 2014; they contain most of what used to be in langcjk. If you need one or more of these new collections, you will need to choose them explicitly when you run setup.

If you have previously installed texlive-collection-langcjk, then /etc/texmf/web2c/updmap.cfg probably contains some lines involving Kanji font maps that won't be treated properly by the texlive-collection-langcjk preremove script. I recommend that you simply remove all lines containing the string "KanjiMap" from that file before updating your TeX Live installation.

Nothing bad will happen if you don't do this, but the postinstall scripts will generate lots of spurious error messages. You can always delete those lines later if you don't have a need for Kanji fonts. If you do want to use Kanji fonts, install texlive-collection-langjapanese, whose postinstall/preremove scripts should deal properly with Kanji font maps from now on.

New formats
TeX Live 2014 has introduced several new formats. To accommodate these, the postinstall scripts will recreate the file /etc/texmf/web2c/fmtutil.cnf. Barring a mistake on my part, this should not cause any problem unless you have introduced custom formats. In that case, you will have to recreate those formats; your previous fmtutil.cnf will be renamed as fmtutil.cnf.bak to help you do that.

Ken Brown
Cygwin's TeX Live maintainer

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