[ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: texinfo-5.2-3

Ken Brown kbrown@cornell.edu
Sun Nov 2 15:19:00 GMT 2014

On 11/2/2014 8:30 AM, Angelo Graziosi wrote:
> Ken Brown wrote:
>> ...but the command 'makeinfo --pdf' won't work unless you install texinfo-tex
> Before the splitting I had installed the texinfo package and it did not require
> any TeXLive packages.

That was because I had decided not to require texlive, since so much of the 
functionality of texinfo was usable without it.  But it was still the case with 
the old packaging that 'makeinfo --pdf' wouldn't work without a TeX installation.

> Now If I try to install also texinfo-tex package, setup wants to install also
> texlive packages which I don't need.

The whole point of texinfo-tex is that it contains those programs from the old 
texinfo package that are useless without TeX.  So naturally texinfo-tex requires 

> Indeed I already have TexLive installed as
> monolithic distribution from TeXLive site.

That's a completely different issue, not really related to texinfo.  If there 
are Cygwin packages that require TeX in order to function, I think maintainers 
have to make them depend on texlive.  Users who choose to install TeX from 
another source will find this annoying, but I don't see what I can do about 
that.  Some Linux distros have mechanisms for dealing with this situation; I 
don't remember the details, but somehow it's possible to declare that you have 
installed something equivalent to a given package.  But Cygwin's setup doesn't 
provide this feature.

> It looks as if we have exchanged Perl with TeXLive...

Not really.  The issue with Perl was that it was included in a *default* Cygwin 


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