[tex-live] Where is the master control switch?

Frank Küster frank at kuesterei.ch
Mon Jul 24 18:40:18 CEST 2006

Ken Brooks <kenb at rpath.com> wrote:

> Incorporating texlive into the rPath Linux distribution, I need to put 
> the texmf tree somewhere else than where tex expects it by default.  So 
> the question: there's all sorts of configuration in the texmf tree, but 
> what methods does it use to determine where the texmf tree is to begin 
> with?

There's a compiled-in default for finding texmf.cnf, and in there are
all the other paths.

> When I try to run an ill-configured tex I get:
> kpathsea: Running mktexfmt tex.fmt
> /usr/bin/mktexfmt: line 331: /texconfig/tcfmgr: No such file or directory
> fmtutil: config file `fmtutil.cnf' not found.
> Is it normal to have a /texconfig directory at root level?  Or are 
> environment variables a more normal approach?  /texconfig may be what I 
> need to do.  Where do I go for the documentation of its contents?

I don't think texconfig will help you.  How did you run configure?  In
particular, which --prefix argument did you use? 

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX/TeXLive)

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