[tex-live] Where is the root dir of my Tex Live installation

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Sat Nov 16 11:43:24 CET 2013

2013/11/16 Gerald Pechoc <ubuntu at pechoc.eu>:
> Please, what is eqivs stuff?
This is a dummy package informing the system packaging manager that
TeX is already installed. It certainly exists for Debian.

> gerald
> On 2013-11-16 08:24, Lars Madsen wrote:
>> Sounds reasonable regarding the linking.
>> The thing I'd like to see in TL is some script or what ever that will
>> take care if the equivs stuff (or how ever you are doing that trick).
>> There are many Ubuntu vanilla TL users, and most of them find the equivs
>> stuff confusing (even though, the recipe on Tug.org is easy to follow)
>> Sent from my Android phone using TouchDown (www.nitrodesk.com)
>> -----Original Message-----
>> *From:* Scott Kostyshak [skostysh at lyx.org]
>> *Received:* lørdag, 16 nov. 2013, 3:38
>> *To:* Lars Madsen [daleif at imf.au.dk]
>> *CC:* ubuntu at pechoc.eu [ubuntu at pechoc.eu]; tex-live at tug.org
>> [tex-live at tug.org]
>> *Subject:* Re: [tex-live] Where is the root dir of my Tex Live
>> installation
>> Hi Lars,
>> Thanks for the comments. See my responses in-line.
>> On Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 5:59 PM, Lars Madsen <daleif at imf.au.dk> wrote:
>>> Scott, I noticed that you mention on the Web page at it installs or at
>>> least
>>> links the installation where Ubuntu would have installed it.
>>> Then what when people want to uninstaller? Fx we do not really encourage
>>> users to use the "link into usual places" feature because people tend to
>>> forget they made them and end up in a lot of mess.
>> I'm surprised that no one has put a feature request for an uninstaller
>> yet. However, I don't see how the linking in particular poses a
>> problem. The uninstaller would just delete the link. Let me explain
>> more the purpose of the linking. I'm not trying to fool Ubuntu into
>> thinking that TeX Live is in the same location as it would have been
>> if installed from the repositories. I'm informing TeX Live (the manual
>> install) of the location where many auxiliary LaTeX packages would be
>> installed with an "apt-get". Please let me know if you want more of an
>> explanation or if you have suggestions for how to improve things
>> (perhaps you are suggesting that not doing the linking at all would be
>> an improvement?).
>> The following is what the linking does:
>> if [ "${LINK_UBUNTU}" = 1 ]; then
>>      cd "$(kpsewhich -var-value TEXMFLOCAL)/tex/"
>>      ln -s "/usr/share/texmf/tex/" "UbuntuTexDir"
>> fi
>>> Other than that interesting idea.
>>> Please consider submitting some of this to the tl project to make life
>>> easier for (some) users.
>> I'm happy to work with anyone. However, I think that install-tl-ubuntu
>> and the TeX Live project have different goals. My interpretation (and
>> I wouldn't be surprised if I misunderstood something here) is that the
>> TeX Live project wants to encourage users to have a non-automated and
>> flexible TeX Live installation, which should be done after reading the
>> TeX Live Guide, or perhaps only the Quick install guide. I think this
>> is the correct approach and would not want things to be different.
>> There are also the TeX Live packages in the Ubuntu repository but I
>> don't know if those are encouraged or not.
>> My goals with install-tl-ubuntu are automation and simplicity, at the
>> cost of some hackishness and assumptions (although install-tl-ubuntu
>> does provide a fair amount of options, doing a manual install is far
>> more flexible). I think this approach is less "correct" but is liked
>> by many users of Ubuntu who do not want to spend the time reading and
>> understanding the installation steps and are just looking for
>> something that pretty much works and that integrates with other parts
>> of Ubuntu (e.g. apt); or are looking for something that can be put on
>> autopilot.
>> I am very interested in any feedback and suggestions. I know little
>> about TeX Live and proper installation. Despite this lack of
>> expertise, I continue to suggest the install-tl-ubuntu script as an
>> option to consider because the feedback that I've gotten is that it
>> has indeed made things simple for users.
>> Thanks again for your comments,
>> Scott

Zdeněk Wagner

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