[tex-live] Installing latest TeX Live on Ubuntu
Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Tue Feb 28 08:44:16 CET 2012
Reinhard Kotucha <reinhard.kotucha at web.de> wrote:
> Well, I agree that it's not necessary to install TL as root. I don't
> recommend it either, but actually there is nothing wrong with it.
i'm a sys admin in real life, and for me, there's a positive reason not
to force myself to use root (via sudo) to do _anything_ for which it can
> /usr/local is usually owned by root and I don't understand why one
> wants to change ownership of /usr/local/texlive only, instead of the
> whole /usr/local tree. Is TeX Live more dangerous than other programs
> you install yourself? I doubt. I'm the owner of /usr/local simply
> because I'm too lazy to log in as root again and again. But I'm
> absolutely convinced that running tlmgr as root is safe. Even
> installing software with "configure/make/make install" as root never
> caused any trouble, though you have to be more careful about the
> origin of the software.
we actually don't have a root user on any of our machines; you _have_ to
sudo to do anything extreme.
> I personally dislike the sudo command. It's probably fine for people
> who don't [want to] know much about the operating system they are
> using but have to use the package manager or a configuration tool
> occasionally. But for those who install their own software, sudo is a
> pain and it's better to run "sudo passwd" and then log in as root as
nooo. far better to bundle the operation in a script.
> Sure, it's better not to be root all the time, but TeX Live is
> certainly reliable enough and there is nothing wrong installing it as
no. except you have to keep faffing about with root every time you run
tlmgr. (i run tlmgr update every day that i'm texing -- as opposed to
mucking about to ctan, which i do a lot more...)
> Regarding symlinks: They are not recommended. But the TL installer
> adds TL to PATH on Windows already. This can't be done sensibly on
> Unix for several reasons. Since we can't expect anymore that Linux
> users know more about the system they are using than Windows users,
> the symlink option of the installer can be regarded as a last resort.
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