[tex-live] TL and texmf-local

Peter Flynn peter@silmaril.ie
Tue, 19 Mar 2002 00:44:35 +0000

Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 18, 2002 at 02:12:12PM +0000, Peter Flynn wrote:
>>Now you've got me thoroughly confused. I *was talking about* local
>>additions: fonts/macros/packages the user adds to her installation.
>>Stuff that goes in .../texmf.local
>>You seemed to be implying that this stuff is referenced in texmf.cnf
>>as VARTEXMF. If so, what is TEXMFLOCAL used for?
> hmm. maybe you are right. TEXMFLOCAL does contain
> local fonts I suppose. 

It's where we've been going blue in the face for 5+ years telling
people that's where to install their additional packages etc. I
thought we didn't want them modifying the main tree for this...

> you want a skeletal TEXMFLOCAL?
> how hard is it for people to type "mkdir"?

Easy. But they shouldn't have to. They need to be given the whole
skeleton...or at least the parts of the tree that they are likely
to want to add stuff to (fonts, tex/latex/packages, bibtex, dvips).

Every new installation, I have to do

cd /usr/share/texmf
for f in `find . -type d -ls | awk '{print $NF}'|\
   "s+.+/usr/share/texmf.local+"`; do
mkdir -p $f