[tex-k] some questions about `unixtex.ftp': Obtaining TeX

Thomas Esser te@informatik.uni-hannover.de
Sat, 13 Apr 2002 16:47:36 +0200

> I am trying to install TEX in my home directory,
> and I am reading ftp://ftp.tug.org/tex/unixtex.ftp.

To quote a few lines from that file:
    Please note that the Web2c distribution is a bare-bones distribution
  in source form, and building a complete installation from it is a
  non-trivial matter.  For most uses, it is a better idea to install a
  distribution with pre-packaged binaries for your platform.  An example
  of such a distribution is teTeX, which is based on the Web2c sources.

So, unless you know for sure, that you really want the "bare" web2c stuff,
you should better go to

> (But for some reason I couldn't find  dvipsk.tar.gz.)

Only obsolete versions of dvips are distributed "stand alone". The
current releases only happen in TeX Live and teTeX these days.