[tex-live] experience report; suggestions
George N. White III
gnwiii at gmail.com
Fri Aug 28 16:34:48 CEST 2009
2009/8/28 Zdenek Wagner <zdenek.wagner at gmail.com>:
> 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. This is the
> relevant part of "man man":
Ubuntu 9.04 has something similar.
Some applications rely on the MANPATH entires that are derived from the
search PATH. This means you can adjust the PATH, e.g., between versions
N and N+1 of some application, and get the corresponding man pages.
For TeX Live
I have been creating a symbolic link to texmf/doc/man in the "bin"
directory so the "nearby" mechanism finds the appropriate tex man
> In addition, for each directory in the command search path
> (we'll call it a "command directory") for which you
> do not have a MANPATH_MAP statement, man automatically looks
> for a manual page directory "nearby" namely as a
> subdirectory in the command directory itself or in the parent
> directory of the command directory.
> You can disable the automatic "nearby" searches by including a
> NOAUTOPATH statement in /etc/man.config.
> In each directory in the search path as described above, man
> searches for a file named topic.section, with an
> optional suffix on the section number and possibly a
> compression suffix. If it doesn't find such a file, it
> then looks in any subdirectories named manN or catN where N is
> the manual section number. If the file is in a
> catN subdirectory, man assumes it is a formatted manual page
> file (cat page). Otherwise, man assumes it is
> unformatted. In either case, if the filename has a known
> compression suffix (like .gz), man assumes it is
George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia
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