[blfs-dev] About TeXLive

Ken Moffat zarniwhoop at ntlworld.com
Sun Jan 18 15:49:12 PST 2015

On Sun, Jan 18, 2015 at 09:04:54PM +0100, Pierre Labastie wrote:
> Hi,
> I have already changed the texlive page at a few places where it seemed to me
> that there would be no discussion, but now I am coming to something more arguable.
> Right now, the instructions fail during "make" with:
> --------------
> === configuring in dvisvgm failed ===
> Makefile:878: recipe for target 'recurse' failed
> make[2]: *** [recurse] Error 1
> make[2]: Leaving directory
> '/sources/texlive/texlive-20140525-sources/texlive-build/texk'
> --------------
> Several possibilities:
> - do not pass --with-system-libgs
> - put ghoscript in recommended deps
> - pass --disable-dvisvgm
> I do not know what the original intention of Ken was, that's why I am asking.

 In the archived "second pass" (archive/texlive-full.xml I think I
called it) I noticed there was an explanation for why gs was, I
think, recommended there : dvisvgm is needed for asymptote.  So, it
should be recommended.

 I had not realised that the two passes of texlive were so
different, but it was always a mess and nobody has so far complained
about the 7.6 release ;-)

 In general, the aim is to build *everything* in texlive (that is why
I first touched texlive, after a report that some parts were not being
built and therefore remained as the binary versions).

Nanny Ogg usually went to bed early. After all, she was an old lady.
Sometimes she went to bed as early as 6 a.m.

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