CTAN will drop tools

Today Jim Hefferon announced on the CTAN mailing list that CTAN will not continue to provide the tools directory. The material contained therein is in no way TeX related, nearly all those programs are archiving software like arj, bzip2, compress, pkzip, lharc, tar etc. and conversion tools like uuencode/ uudecode, word-to-LaTeX and some more.

The reason is that those tools could easily be found and downloaded on the internet today in contrary to the earlier days of the world wide web, it does not make much sense to maintain that part of the archive any longer.

You still could have a look: http://www.ctan.org/pub/tex-archive/tools/, but the link will be dead soon.


This text is available in German. Dieser Text ist auch in Deutsch verfügbar.

14. September 2009 by stefan
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Comments (2)

  1. How about unsupported(or invalid) packages like cweb-latex?

  2. Hi Chandra,

    cweb-latex is available on CTAN: http://ctan.org/pkg/cweb-latex and will stay so.

    Stefan

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