[OS X TeX] Where to put local additions to texmf?
Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Wed Jan 17 15:39:16 CET 2007
> On 17 janv. 07, at 08:53, Gerben Wierda wrote:
>> texmf.pkgs is not overwritten when the gwTeX i-Package is
>> reinstalled. This is how a reinstall will pick up an already
>> installed ConTeXt updater for instance. Some i-Packages wil install
>> in texmf.pkgs and these try to take care not to remove anything
>> which is not their own, but if you add stuff to directories inside
>> what has been installed by an i-Package in texmf.pkgs, there is no
>> certainty that it will survive.
> Thus, in practice, this tells that, with a gwTeX install, local
> additions by the system administrator should go to /usr/local/gwTeX/
> texmf.pkgs, while /usr/local/gwTeX/texmf.local is reserved for files
> maintained by the various configure scripts, right?
> And that, in a TeXLive install, local additions by the system
> administrator should go to /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local, while /usr/
> local/texlive/2007/texmf-var (say) is reserved for files maintained
> by the various configure scripts, right?
> Sorry to be so dense. I'm asking this in relation to my instructions
> for Lucida and MathTime installation, posted yesterday: if the above
> is correct, then the instructions must be modified accordingly.
This is correct.
Note that the .texdist structures have an abstraction for this (TexmfLocal
and TexmfVar) which corrects the name stuff in gwTeX somewhat. Without
everything correctly typed (but you get the idea):
gwTeX.texdist/Contents/TexmfLocal -> /usr/local/gwTeX/texmf.pkgs
gwTeX.texdist/Contents/TexmfVar -> /usr/local/gwTeX/texmf.local
TL2005.texdist/Contents/TexmfLocal -> /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local
TL2005.texdist/Contents/TexmfVar -> /usr/local/texlive/2005/texmf-var
If possible (and with scripts and cli this certainly is), it is better to
use the .texdist abstraction to find the TEXMFLOCAL and TEXMFVAR locations
for your active TeX distribution.
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