Post by Joukj Post by Phillip Helbig (undress to reply)
Two approaches are worth considering. One would be getting the TeXLive
distribution to build out of the box on VMS. The other would be to have
a minimal distribution which would automatically fetch anything found to
be missing from a CTAN mirror somewhere.
Good idea Phillip. Texlive on OpenVMS would be best, since than it will
be "compatible" with linux systems
I looked at this a while back and seemed to remember that various GNU
utilities were used for packaging and so on. Probably most of those
(and other non-GNU third-party stuff such as (UN)ZIP) run on VMS, so I
don't think that it is a big problem. Disk are cheap these days, so it
shouldn't be a problem to have the whole distribution locally. It is
pruned down to fit on a DVD, though; there is more at CTAN (mostly
documentation and fonts which most users don't need). Apparently there
are some low-bandwidth users who prefer the DVD rather than downloading
Post by Joukj
and one will be able to exchange all
documents.Writing documents is always collaborating with others
(probably not on OpenVMS)
Once LaTeX is up and running on VMS, compatibility is not a problem.
I've been using LaTeX on VMS for almost 30 years and it is no problem to
process a document from elsewhere or have someone process my documents.
I convert to PostScript then to PDF and both of those are portable
formats. So both input and output formats are portable. The problem is
an inital install on VMS, and some sort of automatic update. The
freeware CD with [TEXMF...] put together by Ralf Gärtner might be a good
One caveat is that TeX has now forked and there are various versions
(though not allowed to be called TeX). One has better justification.
(Knuth's---good---idea was that a given input document should always
produce identical output with TeX, which is why some variations can't be
called TeX). One allows UTF-8 input characters. That might be a
problem on VMS. DEC MCS is pretty close, but probably not close enough.
But the conventional TeX with only 7-bit-ASCII input is still supported.