Guidelines for uploading TDS-Packaged materials to CTAN
Some authors like to package their materials in
.zip file that is ready to unzip into a user's
TeX tree. That is, in addition to uploading to CTAN in the
xxx.zip: +--xxx/ +--README +--xxx.ins +--xxx.dtx +--xxx.pdf
an author may send this.
xxx.tds.zip: +--tex/ +--latex/ +--xxx/ +--xxx.sty +--doc/ +--latex/ +--xxx/ +--README +--xxx.pdf +--source/ +--latex/ +--xxx/ +--xxx.ins +--xxx.dtx
This layout follows the TeX Directory Standard. We say that these materials are TDS-packaged.
Note that, in most cases, the usefulness of
.tds.zip is transitory: most modern
distributions provide most (free) packages, so that after a day
or so, a new (version of a) package will be available via the
distribution's update mechanism.
Authors who do not wish to experiment should continue what they are doing. We ask that authors wishing to try TDS packaging do this.
As usual, upload a
.tar.gzbundle of your material. Lay the material out in the traditional way.
In the top level of your bundle place the file
<pkg id>.tds.zipthat contains the TDS packaging of your materials. We will not install this in the regular browsing tree but instead will put it below the
For instance, an author may send us
xxx.zip: xxx.tds.zip +--xxx/ +--README +--xxx.ins +--xxx.dtx +--xxx.pdf
We install into
xxx.pdf. We generate
macros/latex/contrib/xxx.zip so archive visitors
can download all these files at once.
xxx.tds.zip file which unzips into the TDS
layout shown earlier we put