[tex-live] Path-Variable

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Sun Aug 7 16:50:00 CEST 2011

On 2011-08-07 at 15:44:57 +0200, Bernhard Kleine wrote:

 > Hi,
 > I installed texlive 2011 as administrator on ubuntu. I noticed,
 > however, that the root path variable still contains the texlive
 > 2010 entry. I have tried to localize the file where this path
 > information is hardcoded and could not find it. Could you please
 > name the place where the information of the texlive dir is added to
 > the path?
 > files which did not reveal this info: etc/profile, etc/bashrc,
 > root/.bashrc, root/.profile. 

Does Ubuntu have a separate path entry for texlive?  This is usually
only the case for packages installed in the /opt tree.  If yes, there
is probably a directory /etc/profile.d which contains path settings
for Ubuntu packages.  It's not advisable to change anything there
because these files are maintaned by Ubuntu's package manager.

Better *prepend* the TL2011 path to PATH in /etc/profile *after* files
in /etc/profile.d have been processed, i.e. at the end of the file.

The path to Ubuntu's TL 2010 will still be present, but doesn't hurt.
It will disappear when you uninstall the package.  If you change it,
your changes will get lost too.


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