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Is Fedora's TeXLive complete?

asked 2014-03-04 15:55:40 -0600

alfC gravatar image

updated 2014-03-04 18:44:32 -0600

I am trying to use the nature style from TeX, http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/nature which supposed to be part of TeXLive. However I can't seem to find it in Fedora 20.

For example:

$ sudo yum list *tex*nature
Loaded plugins: langpacks, refresh-packagekit
Installed Packages
texlive-biblatex-nature.noarch          3:svn30595.1.2e-4.fc20          @updates

But there is no texlive-nature. How do I find it?

I installed texlive-full in the past.

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biber is also not included.

bluestar gravatar imagebluestar ( 2014-08-09 10:34:02 -0600 )edit

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answered 2014-03-04 17:52:32 -0600

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updated 2014-03-04 18:02:06 -0600

You prove that Fedora does not have a complete texlive, all the journal styles are here (missing nature):

 su -c "yum -y install texlive-collection-publishers"

I guess nobody cared to package nature style - the customer base is so small :), moreover Nature does not accept latex: http://www.nature.com/nmat/authors/submit/index.html#tex-latex . (Well, they are also implementing double-blind reviews very slowly http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/v6/n6/full/ngeo1853.html ). When you look at http://pkgs.fedoraproject.org/cgit/texlive.git/plain/texlive.spec you see that it Obsoletes: texlive-nature, so the fact of missing texlive-nature was apparently a conscious decision.

There is still a biblatex package available in Fedora texlive-biblatex-nature.

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I understand, nature was just an example. I guess that is the reason to include TeXLive, so that Fedora doesn't have to include it explicitly. From what you say it looks more like nature is not going to be part of TeXLive in the future and Fedora decided to leave it out on purpose. Fine either way, thanks!

alfC gravatar imagealfC ( 2014-03-04 18:48:54 -0600 )edit
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Fedora uses an automated way of building texlive. The maintainer downloads the entire tree and makes everything available. If it isn't in Fedora, it's either left out due to licensing issues or because it isn't part of upstream texlive proper.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2014-03-05 02:30:17 -0600 )edit

@FranciscoD_, what you say makes more sense. Your are right nature is not part of TeXLive anymore, I can't find it in https://www.tug.org/svn/texlive/trunk/Master/texmf-dist/tex/latex/ . What is confusing is that CTAN says it is part of TeXLive, CTAN is probably not updated http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/nature .

alfC gravatar imagealfC ( 2014-03-07 02:30:57 -0600 )edit

Not all journal styles. The styles for the journals I use to publish, like Astronomical Journal and Astrophysical Journal (AASTeX), are in the package texlive-aastex.

skytux gravatar imageskytux ( 2014-08-10 12:17:52 -0600 )edit
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answered 2014-08-10 06:05:32 -0600

hedayat gravatar image

Just for completeness: Fedora excludes TeXLive packages which have licensing issues. Details can be found here: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Talk:Features/TeXLiveLegalAudit

Some of the packages have "unclear" legal status, and some of them use not-acceptable licenses. You might be able to help in resolving some legal issues. Some authors might simply accept to re-license their work. Also, you might be able to find a license for packages with unclear legal status.

(nature is listed in acceptable licenses though, so as mentioned in the other answer, it is apparently removed from TeXLive itself).

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