I have completed the net install of TeX Live 2011 on Linux. I am trying to install the ucharclasses package through tlmgr but it seems that the package is missing.

I am using this mirror. According to this report it is synced. Just to be sure, I tried with other mirrors too, but to no avail. I checked the files at the server at path ctan/systems/texlive/tlnet/ and the file is indeed missing.

Am I doing something wrong, or the package is just not included in the distribution?

ps. I can always install it manually (eg get it from ctan/macros/xetex/latex/) but i'd really prefer to be able to do it through the manager (auto updates etc).

  • I tried to make the title a bit more specific, hope you don't mind. – doncherry Sep 16 '11 at 12:23
  • @doncherry Cool with me – pmav99 Sep 16 '11 at 13:50

From the README file:

This package was written by Mike "Pomax" Kamermans, from nihongoresources and is © 2010, Michiel Kamermans. You may freely use this package, but you are discouraged from modifying this package and then redistributing it. Instead, please contact me (ideally on the XeTeX mailing list) and we can discuss the changes you wish to make. If they benefit everyone, they will be worked in as a new version.

Unfortunately this may qualify the package as "nonfree". Would Mike Kamermans adhere to the LPPL license (or another free one), his package would be in TeX Live. It was included for a short time after its submission to CTAN, but it was withdrawn some days later for licensing problems.

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  • How I despise this "free" / "nonfree" nonsense... – DevSolar Sep 16 '11 at 9:19
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    @DevSolar It's quite a nuisance, some times; but the TeX Live people don't like the risk to be sued or, more likely, that TeX Live is pushed off some GNU/Linux distribution for including "nonfree" stuff to their distribution. Can we blame them for this? – egreg Sep 16 '11 at 9:30
  • No, but we can blame the GNU/FSF people for making it a matter of holy war, "if you are not with me you are against me" thing in the first place. – DevSolar Sep 16 '11 at 11:28
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    @egreg -- there's another reason for not including "non-free" items in tex live. with all its contents fully free, tex live can be included with os distributions and copies of the cd can be included in books like the companion. with even one non-free item in the collection, this would be legally impossible. – barbara beeton Sep 16 '11 at 14:44
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    @barbara beeton: And that's the point I've been trying to make: The FSF considers it their right to determine what is "free" and "compatible" licensing, and they decided that "free to copy" isn't "free" enough to be "compatible", so "free to copy" became second-rate software. In the warped world of the FSF, bad software that is "free" is better than quality software that you aren't allowed to fork and mutilate. That's what I despise. – DevSolar Sep 18 '11 at 9:02

Ucharclasses version 2.0 has been released and this version has a GPL compatible license so from now on it is going to be part of the TeXLive releases. Look here for more info.

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