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[Bug-AUCTeX] AUCTeX and TeX Live

From: Reinhard Kotucha
Subject: [Bug-AUCTeX] AUCTeX and TeX Live
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2009 02:52:59 +0100

A. Jan Kutylowski writes:
 > Somewhat on the provocative side I wonder why current and important 
 > distribution TeXLive does not seem to be respresented in AUCTeX.

it's quite difficult to ship emacs/auctex binaries with TeX Live
because TL supports 15 different platforms at the moment.

However, Windows binaries compiled by Ralf Angeli are already on the
TeX Live DVD in the support directory.  The sources which can be
compiled easily on any Unix system are also provided.

If you don't have the DVD, look into:


The sources are here:


 > There is no reason why MikTeX should be the assumed default
 > distribution under Windows.

Well, I'm not sure.  I'm a little bit involved in TeX Live development
and I'm the one who proposed to make features which worked on Unix
systems for more than a decade available to Windows users too.

However, it's quite easy to write scripts which work perfectly on any
thinkable platform, except Windows.  Supporting Windows is a nightmare
and I'm pissed off.  Nothing works reliably on Windows, if at all.

This sounds quite strange, but if you don't believe me, I could
immediately forward more than 4000 emails to you from our tiny
developers mailing list concerning only Windows crap and then you can
tell me what we are doing wrong.

Though I'm the one who asked for making Unix features available to
Windows, I'm convinced now that it was a mistake and I regret now that
I didn't simply shut up.

Supporting Windows is a pain.  I'm glad now that there is someone who
provides MikTeX.  It's probably not perfect but I already wasted too
much time on this Windows crap and I'm pissed off.

 > Could a kind soul post preferred changes to AUCTeX files so that
 > TeXLive users can adjust AUCTeX to their TeXLive distrbution (I
 > cannot do it myself without explicit quidance, most of such users
 > are probably in same situation).

I fear that you have to be more specific.  There is no need to change
anything.  What doesn't work for you?


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