[tex-live] personal input file

Steve MC Han hmc0907 at yahoo.com
Tue Feb 16 01:09:29 CET 2010

Thanks for your response.

It seems that TEXMFHOME does not exist on your computer>>
This directory is empty. Also I use latex. Do I need to create TEXMFHOME or can I just use c:/texmf-local/tex instead for my purpose? i.e., move all my frequently used input file in here to call from any working directory. 
<<What kind of bad experiences?>>
After a couple of days of struggling (with a lot of help from experts in this site), I was finally succeeded in downloading TexLive2008, but pdf file showed smaller size output. I used (still using Latex-->dvips-->pstopdf.
Again I asked many people from this site, but I don't even know whether the problem was solved or not. Since then, I decided to stick to TexLive2007 until I need more function.

<<..installation of scheme-full takes about 9 minutes ..>>
That's amazing! I remember it took more than 6 hours last year! It's very tempting to try again, maybe.
Thanks again,

--- On Mon, 2/15/10, Zdenek Wagner <zdenek.wagner at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Zdenek Wagner <zdenek.wagner at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [tex-live] personal input file
To: "Steve MC Han" <hmc0907 at yahoo.com>
Cc: "Vladimir Lomov" <lomov.vl at gmail.com>, "Manuel P?gouri?-Gonnard" <mpg at elzevir.fr>, "Markus Kohm" <markus.kohm at gmx.de>, tex-live at tug.org
Date: Monday, February 15, 2010, 1:56 PM

2010/2/15 Steve MC Han <hmc0907 at yahoo.com>

Thank you very much for your responses.
I followed your instruction and it showed:
But there's no texmf-local subdirectory under TexLive2007. Instead there's texmf-local directory right under c:/ along with TexLive2007. (c:/TexLive2007, c:/texmf-local,...)
Under c:/texmf-local there are 4 subdirectories: doc, dvips, fonts and tex.
Can you tell me which?
It seems that TEXMFHOME does not exist on your computer

For upgrading: last year I tried to upgrade to TexLive2008, but I have had bad experiences, so I try not to anymore as long as TexLive2007 along with metapost 0.9 work. (Or until new TexLive could be downloaded with a couple of simple  clicks)
What kind of bad experiences?

If your network connection is good, you unpack install-tl.zip, run install-tl.bat, select what to install and wait. texmf-local intentionally is not below TeXLive2007, your personal file will be used by later TL versions as well, no need to reinstall.

My computer sits on a gigabit backbone, our local mirror is about 5 miles apart so installation of scheme-full takes about 9 minutes but normal users will probably have to wait longer.


--- On Sun, 2/14/10, Vladimir Lomov <lomov.vl at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Vladimir Lomov <lomov.vl at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [tex-live] personal input file
To: "Steve MC Han" <hmc0907 at yahoo.com>
Cc: tex-live at tug.org
Date: Sunday, February 14, 2010, 8:16 PM

** Steve MC Han [2010-02-14 19:26:29 -0800]:

> Hi,
> I was wondering where I could store personal input files so that I could call from any working directory instead of making the same input file for the current working directory each time.
> I am using  latex of TexLive2007 in my personal PC with WinEdt editor.
To be short: in TEXMFHOME

for latex stuff or
for plain tex stuff.

For precise location of TEXMFHOME on Windows read TL 2007 documentation (search for TEXMFHOME).

More details and some explanation could be found here

P.S. I advise you to upgrade your TeX system.

My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.
        -- Errol Flynn

Any man who has $10,000 left when he dies is a failure.
        -- Errol Flynn

Zdeněk Wagner

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