|author||Aditya Mahajan||2012-03-17 16:17:28 -0400|
|committer||Aditya Mahajan||2016-04-02 13:08:46 -0400|
More detailed installation instructions
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# Maintainer: Aditya Mahajan <adityam at umich dot edu>
pkgdesc="A standalone ConTeXt distribution"
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# ConTeXt minimals uses a different naming convention for architectures
diff --git a/README.markdown b/README.markdown
index 3d94478254a..a4ebc5fafe7 100644
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PKGBUILD for context-minimals
-[The ConTeXt Minimal](http://wiki.contextgarden.net/ConTeXt_Minimals) is
-a complete, up-to-date ConTeXt distribution. It's main feature is that, unlike
-Texlive, it provides an isolated installation of ConTeXt that is easy to update.
-The Minimals target ConTeXt users and does not include LaTeX specific packages
+[The ConTeXt Minimal](http://wiki.contextgarden.net/ConTeXt_Minimals) (now
+called ConTeXt standalone) is a complete, up-to-date ConTeXt distribution. It's
+main feature is that, unlike Texlive, it provides an isolated installation of
+ConTeXt that is easy to update. The Minimals target ConTeXt users and does not
+include LaTeX specific packages and binaries.
This PKGBUILD provides an easy way to install the Minimals at
-To use the Minimals, initialize `$PATH` and some TeX related
-variables by executing
+Although you can use an [AUR helper](https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/AUR_Helpers)
+to install ConTeXt, I would recommend manual installation (as described below).
+Manual installation offers two advantages: fewer files to download over time,
+and the ability to revert back to an older version. Most AUR helpers install
+packages in the `$TMP` directory, so the previously downloaded files are deleted
+when you reboot. This is fine for binary packages, but leads to unnecessary
+re-downloads for ConTeXt.
+ConTeXt consits of various macro files and a few binaries. Most of the macros
+files do not change from release to release. So, ConTeXt provides an `rsync`
+based update mechanism that only downloads the files that have changed. This
+`PKGBUILD` simply provides a wrapper around the ConTeXt update script.
+Now, if the previously downloaded files are deleted at the time of upgrade, the
+ConTeXt upgrade script will have to download all files again. To avoid that it
+is better to manually install the package from a permanent directory.
+An additional adavantage of this approach is that the packaged version of old
+installations are not deleted automatically. So, you can revert to an older
+installation if needed (or delete the older `*-pkg.tar.gz` files if you want).
+To the install the package manually, choose a permant installation directory. I
+normally use `$HOME/Software/context-pkgbuild`. Then follow the following steps
+1. `cd $HOME/Software/context-pkgbuild`
+2. `git clone git://github.com/adityam/context-pkgbuild.git .`
+ This step generates a `context-minimals-<date>.pkg.tar.gz` file.
+4. `sudo pacman -U context-minimals-<date>.pkg.tar.gz`
+ This step installs the files in `/opt/context-minimals`
+The main feature of the ConTeXt minimal distribution is that it may be installed
+in parallel to Texlive. As such, the installation does not place any binaries in
+the default `$PATH`, rather places them in a sub-directory in
+`/opt/context-minimals`. To use ConText minimals, you need to initialize `$PATH`
+and some TeX related variables using
-To run MkIV for the first time after installation or update, first source
+When running MkIV for the first time after installation or update, source
`setuptex` and then run
@@ -24,6 +65,8 @@ To run MkIV for the first time after installation or update, first source
as a normal user (**and not as root**).
Report any bugs at the ConTeXt [mailing list](http://wiki.contextgarden.net/ConTeXt_Mailing_Lists).
+or on the [Issues](https://github.com/adityam/context-pkgbuild/issues) page on