How to keep a dependency from [continually] appearing in setup
Thu Aug 2 14:02:00 GMT 2012
On 02/08/2012 9:18 AM, Ken Brown wrote:
> On 8/2/2012 5:14 AM, Adam Dinwoodie wrote:
>> Ken Brown wrote:
>>> 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
>>>> 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
>>> native texlive. Just make sure the bin directory of the latter
>>> /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).
>> I'd draw a parallel between the emacs-auctex's dependency on latex
>> and libX11's
>> dependency on xorg-server: while xorg-server is certainly the
>> preferred X
>> server for Cygwin, it's not the only option.
>> : http://cygwin.com/ml/cygwin/2012-02/msg00602.html
> The situations aren't parallel. Cygwin's libX11 will work with X
> servers other than xorg-server. But Cygwin's emacs-auctex, as I
> explained above, will not work OOTB with tex installations other than
> Cygwin's texlive. The preview feature will be broken.
> Users who prefer a different tex installation and want to use auctex
> should build and install auctex themselves. During installation,
> auctex will find the appropriate texmf tree and put its preview files
Fair enough. I was just throwing the idea out there in case it made
sense to the people who know what's going on. Sound like it doesn't make
sense to remove that dependency.
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