[tex-live] experience report; suggestions
collins at phys.psu.edu
Fri Aug 28 16:18:34 CEST 2009
Zdenek Wagner wrote:
> 2009/8/28 Karl Berry <karl at freefriends.org>:
>> RHEL5 and most recent Fedoras (AFAIK) do
>> not use MANPATH or INFOPATH.
>> I'll be depressed if that's really true, though it's certainly possible.
>> It would create a fundamental incompatibility with how Unix systems have
>> always been set up.
> CentOS 5 is based upon RHEL5 and it does use MANPATH.
I can confirm this behavior for RHEL5 itself. Its man command definitely
uses MANPATH, and is documented to use it.
But man also uses a configuration file (/etc/man.config) to set its default
search path if MANPATH is not set. If MANPATH has a trailing colon, then
the default paths are searched as well as those in MANPATH. This is what
would happen if you set MANPATH to
/usr/local/texlive/2009/texmf/doc/man:$MANPATH and MANPATH does not
initially exist. So the configuration of MANPATH done by TeXLive appears
to be correct for RHEL5.
I haven't checked explicitly whether this also applies to INFOPATH, but it
would be sensible if it did.
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