Debian/TeX Live 2017 is ready

TeX Live 2017 is expected to be released next week, and the Debian packages for it are already uploaded to the Debian servers. Time to prepare for release parties and stack up prosecco!

I have uploaded all the packages matching with the planned release of TeX Live 2017 to Debian/experimental, and most of them should be already available there. texlive-extra has to go through NEW processing, though.

There are too many changes and updates to mention since the last release, but a few things might be worth mentioning:

  • several packages have been merged, some are dropped (eg. texlive-htmlxml) and one new package (texlive-plain-generic) has been added
  • luatex got updated to 1.0.4, and is now considered stable
  • updmap and fmtutil now require either -sys or -user
  • tlmgr got a shell mode (interactive/scripting interface) and a new feature to add arbitrary TEXMF trees (conf auxtrees)

Other changes can be found in the svn repository.

Until the processing of the NEW queue is finished, the package are available at (binaries only for amd64, for other archs please use experimental):

deb tl2017 main
deb-src tl2017 main

The packages are signed with my usual Debian GPG key.

Enjoy, and let me know if there are any problems!

9 Responses

  1. Michal Hoftich says:

    several packages have been merged, some are dropped (eg. texlive-htmlxml)

    does that mean that tex4ht will not be included in Debian’s TL? or the packages from texlive-htmlxml will be moved somewhere else?

    • Of course tex4ht is included, it is now in texlive-plain-generic. I just see that I need to add a dependency from the dummy tl-htmlxml to texlive-plain-generic, will be in the next upload.

  2. Derek says:

    Where is it then? Wasn’t it supposed to be released today?

    • TeX Live 2017 will be released over the weekend (baring desasters). What I was blogging about are the Debian packages of TeX Live 2017 that have entered Debian/experimental.

  3. Percy Perkins says:

    I get that it might be harder for you to stay neutral on this issue, but is it really a good idea to use the Debian packages rather than using TeX live’s own package manager infrastructure. I get that this is the same old discussion as with Perl, Haskell, Firefox extensions and whatnot, but in the past I always ran into problems when using the Debian packages which I why I don’t even try to use them any more and I am doing everything using `tlmgr` right away.

    Also, I am apparently not the only one, as the majority of people at tex.SE seem to think the same way.

    • Hi Percy
      Sorry I really cannot grasp what you want to say: First you say that “is it really a good idea to use the Debian packages rather than using TeX Live’s own package manager..”, and later on you say “I am doing everything using tlmgr right away”

      Anyway, since I’m also the author of tlmgr, I don’t mind either 😉

      I think the Debian packages are quite good and completely sufficient for more than 90% of the users – even for myself they are completely fine. I just write mathematical papers and don’t need the newest features.

      For the remaining 10 something percent, those playing with new developments etc, the Debian packages in *stable* are not good, but testing and sid are fine, because I update the packages about once a month.

      So it really bills down to what you need and use.

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