[tex-live] texlive 2014 Comments. -- Overly complex and difficult to install on RedHat/Fedora !! --

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Sat Aug 2 17:50:37 CEST 2014

2014-08-01 23:50 GMT+02:00 Andre Gompel <andre.gompel at gmail.com>:

>  Dear colleague:
>    I have been a Unix/Linux user (programmer) for over 15 years now.
>    And on Fedora x86_64, I have a pretty hard time to get the install
> (from ISO) to work !
>    I only used the default install.   (install-tl script) with all default
> options.
>    I did set the PATH as usual (this seems to work), but there is more.
> (where I probably have a problem)
>     This used to work out of the box, several years ago, perhaps seven or
> nine !
>    Now I am in "environment variables hell"
>    Of course, I do know how to debug and fix this... and I will.
>    However could I suggest that a simple install procedure for the most
> popular Linuxes (today Ubuntu+derivatives) and Red-Hat derivative be
> available.

Can you, please, describe what exactly have you done and what exactly does
not work and what are the error messages? No one can help you if you just
say it does not work because we all know that the procedure works. I tested
the installation on Fedora, CentOS and Raspberry Pi, a colleague of mine
installed without my help SuSe (without knowing anything about Linux, she
just wanted to try) and then installed TeX Live just following the messages
displayed on screen. So, please, believe that the procedure works and be
specific so that somebody can help you.

>    Could I also suggest that mixing Window/Mac/Linux  install in the same
> documentation is not such a great idea : makes everything bulkier and
> harder to read than necessary.
>    For myself (technical guy) I would be happy to have a manual install.

If you want a manual install, you do not need any distribution. Just take
whatever you wish from CTAN and copy it to your disk.

>    But for many non-technical Latex users, a seamless and simple install
> which works "straight out of the box" would be great, GUI or NOT.
>    Ideally a distro package doing exactly this would be he best !'
>    But whatever is simple to use... and work would do the job !
>    Let me know, if and how I could help.
>    Thanks
>                  Andre Gompel
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> Andre Gompel (+1) 408-966 8494 (text msg O.K)

Zdeněk Wagner
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