[tex-live] regarding the env var TEXMFCNF

Thomas Esser te@dbs.uni-hannover.de
Tue, 8 Oct 2002 23:10:02 +0200

> I expect Thomas can comment better than me?

My opinion is that one does not need to set any environment variable if
the relative position between binary and texmf.cnf file is kept intact.

And yes, I agree that the manipulation of global environment variables is
dangerous. Even if someone installs TeX Live to some system one cannot
know for sure that this is the only TeX installation that is to be used
there. I thing that global environment variables should be under control
of the system administrator only.

But, I migth have a too old fashioned view of UNIX systems; being used
with lots of different software and lots of different users. People
thinking of their private linux installation on their own PC might have
a different view...