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Re: texlive-build-system: phase `build' failed

From: Ricardo Wurmus
Subject: Re: texlive-build-system: phase `build' failed
Date: Mon, 28 May 2018 18:58:45 +0200
User-agent: mu4e 1.0; emacs 25.3.1

Hi Pierre,

> I'm working on a bunch of TeXlive packages and I keep running into a few
> issues.

Thank you for giving this a try!  Working on TeXlive packages has been
the most frustrating experience for me.

> 1. Does anyone know how to search for the path of a package in TeXlive's
> tree without checking out the whole SVN repo?
> is not so convenient
> to browse.

I actually downloaded the whole SVN repository.  It is not organised in
a consistent way, so it’s difficult to find the correct directory in all

> 2. Are the package dependencies documented?  For instance
> requires microtype to build properly,
> but that does not seem to be mentioned anywhere on CTAN.

Sometimes they are documented.  Often they are not.  If the importer
(which would check doesn’t show
you anything, then this information can only be inferred from the .ins

> --8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
> [...]
> starting phase `build'
> This is LuaTeX, Version 1.0.4 (TeX Live 2017)
>  restricted system commands enabled.
> phase `build' failed after 1.7 seconds
> [...]
> --8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

If you want to get more verbose output you need to override
“"-interaction=batchmode"” with “"-interaction=nonstopmode"” in
“compile-with-latex” in “(guix build texlive-build-system)”.

Unfortunately, there is no convenient switch in the
texlive-build-system to control this.  Changing the texlive-build-system
requires a rebuild of *all* these packages, but usually this doesn’t
take a long time.


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