[tex-live] One step closer

Ken Brooks kenb at rpath.com
Mon Jul 31 22:50:03 CEST 2006

Please don't lose patience with me; I'm digging through a lot of docs and 
getting closer.

I followed the doc's advice and ran configure with
--prefix=/usr/share/texmf --datadir=/usr/share
and let the makefile install the resulting world.
Somehow I don't think that was quite it, because I'm seeing paths that 
involve /usr/share/texmf/texmf.  Here's a scenario (output broken into 
lines for easier reading):

[kenb at metaria texmf]$ kpsewhich -show-path=.fmt
!!/usr/share/texmf/texmf-local/web2c:   !!/usr/share/texmf/texmf-dist/web2c

[kenb at metaria texmf]$ tex /home/kenb/story.tex
This is TeXk, Version 3.141592 (Web2C 7.5.5)
  %&-line parsing enabled.
kpathsea: Running mktexfmt tex.fmt
/usr/share/texmf/bin/x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu/mktexfmt: line 331:
/usr/share/texmf/texmf/texconfig/tcfmgr: No such file or directory
fmtutil: config file `fmtutil.cnf' not found.
I can't find the format file `tex.fmt'!

1. I'm not quite clear from the doc how to determine exactly what 
subtrees are driven by --prefix and which ones are driven by --datadir. 
Or why it looked in /usr/share/texmf/texmf/texconfig instead of 
/usr/share/texmf/texconfig where tcfmgr really is.  So what made it look 
for tcfmgr where it didn't install it?

2. Which makes better sense: to have /usr/share/texmf and 
/usr/share/texmf-dist etc. as siblings?  Or to have texmf-dist etc. all 
exist under an overarching texmf directory?

Thanks to all,
Ken Brooks

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