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I've noticed that some of the packages I've uploaded to CTAN are now in TL2011, and some I've updated lately have been updated in TL2011, too.

When are packages added/updated in TeX Live? Is it an automated process, or a manual one? What can be done to ease it?

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AFAIK it is a semi-automatic process. At least new packages need some manual interaction I think. Then the TeX Live project uses some scripts to detect updates of this packages. I think one way to ease things is to also provide a TDS ZIP file of your packages. –  Martin Scharrer Aug 26 '11 at 7:56
    
@Martin: thanks for fixing my typos ;-) –  ℝaphink Aug 26 '11 at 8:03
    
@Martin: what are these TDS ZIP ? –  ℝaphink Aug 26 '11 at 8:04
    
    
I would like to note that providing TDS packages is not necessary if you have a properly written .ins file. –  Andrey Vihrov Aug 26 '11 at 8:20

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Suitable packages are taken from CTAN and is manually packaged for TL. Note that the process may take a few days because most people get their data from mirrors, so the meirrors need to update themselfs with the new data.

To ease the process: Release under the LPPL, remember to include the source code for the manual. Then there is nothing to it.

If a package was updated on ctan, but not on TL (some days later), then send an email to the texlive list (see tug.org)

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Thanks @daleif. I do provide dtx+ins+pdf in my packages and release them under the LPPL. –  ℝaphink Aug 26 '11 at 8:04
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note "release under the lppl" includes documenting that fact in the package; simply selecting lppl on the upload form isn't enough (for example, the linux distros sometimes check licences, and by that time the upload form is long gone. –  wasteofspace Aug 26 '11 at 15:22

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