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"Randolph J. Herber" <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 11 Nov 1998 12:10:51 -0600
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|Date:         Wed, 11 Nov 1998 17:08:21 +0000
|Reply-To: Mailing list for the LaTeX3 project
|From: Timothy Murphy <[log in to unmask]>
|Subject:      Re: What is "base" LaTeX
|To: Multiple recipients of list LATEX-L

|On Tue, Nov 10, 1998 at 06:05:04PM +0000, Phillip Helbig wrote:

|> The casual user suffers if a colleague uses some non-core stuff which is
|> not at his installation.  The only solution is a canonical installation
|> which includes almost everything.

|I must say I would prefer the exact opposite --
|a system where one could automatically retrieve anything needed --
|fonts or packages -- over the net.
|I mean a TeX system which regarded the CTANs as part of the system,
|so kpathsea (or whatever) looked first on the local system,
|and then further afield if necessary.

|Timothy Murphy
|e-mail: [log in to unmask]
|tel: +353-1-2842366
|s-mail: School of Mathematics, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland

Deliberately overstating my response for effect: if I ever detect LaTeX
doing that without obtaining my approval first or without stating
exactly from where it is obtaining the material, that is end of that
version of LaTeX on any of my systems.  That is one of my major
objections to WWW browsers.

Randolph J. Herber, [log in to unmask], +1 630 840 2966, CD/CDFTF PK-149F,
Mail Stop 318, Fermilab, Kirk & Pine Rds., PO Box 500, Batavia, IL 60510-0500,
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