How to keep a dependency from [continually] appearing in setup
Wed Aug 1 18:58:00 GMT 2012
On 8/1/2012 10:18 AM, Ryan Johnson wrote:
> It can be argued that emacs-auctex should not pull in texlive. Most
> users installing emacs-auctex will already have some flavor of tex in
> place, and not necessarily the cygwin one (like the OP, or perhaps a
> MikTex user). Plus, the error message is pretty intuitive and the
> solution very simple, if latex is not there: "latex: no such command"
> ==> "maybe I should install latex." Therefore, the expected aggregate
There's more to it than that. emacs-auctex installs stuff needed for
its preview feature in /usr/share/texmf/tex/latex/preview/. This won't
be found by native texlive or by MikTeX.
> frustration of users who installed auctex without latex available would
> likely be far lower than the aggregate frustration of users wanting to
> install auctex and getting saddled with an unwanted redundant texlive
> distribution (for which there is no easy solution).
Why is this so frustrating? It doesn't do any harm (except waste a
small amount of disk space) to install Cygwin's texlive in parallel with
native texlive. Just make sure the bin directory of the latter precedes
/usr/bin in PATH. I myself have both installed, since I sometimes find
it useful for testing purposes to be able to switch from one to the
other (by temporarily changing PATH).
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