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Bug 376831 - app-text/texlive-core-2011: if feasible, consider unbundling biber
Summary: app-text/texlive-core-2011: if feasible, consider unbundling biber
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All All
: Normal enhancement (vote)
Assignee: Alexis Ballier
Depends on:
Reported: 2011-07-28 23:36 UTC by Rafał Mużyło
Modified: 2012-04-29 17:26 UTC (History)
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Description Rafał Mużyło 2011-07-28 23:36:07 UTC
First thing I've noticed about texlive-core 2011 was that the source tarball has grown about four times. Most of the growth is caused by bundling biber binaries (utils/biber).
biber upstream uses on shipped binaries some perl scheme that packs it with all perl modules it requires in one ELF file - texlive uses those.

If feasible, it would be welcome if Gentoo could unbundle that.
Comment 1 Alexis Ballier gentoo-dev 2011-07-31 07:32:18 UTC
+*texlive-core-2011-r2 (31 Jul 2011)
+  31 Jul 2011; Alexis Ballier <>
+  -texlive-core-2011-r1.ebuild, +texlive-core-2011-r2.ebuild:
+  do not "build" biber, its a prebuilt binary -> not for us, well see about
+  making an ebuild for it later, by Rafał Mużyło in bug
Comment 2 Stephen Bosch 2012-04-29 16:54:15 UTC
Okay, so we've unbundled biber... which leaves Gentoo biber users high and dry. Is there an ebuild for this in the pipe?

When I create a biber package with g-ctan, I get a Gentoo ebuild with 6 files in it, none of which is the biber executable, so that's not a solution.
Comment 3 Torsten Veller (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2012-04-29 17:26:04 UTC
See bug #340353