David Carlisle d.p.carlisle at gmail.com
Tue Oct 7 00:41:51 CEST 2014

>
> Thank you both for your replies; all clear, but I am very surprised that a
> directory under .../texmf-dist/tex/latex/ should be in my TeX input path; I
> can understand it being in a LaTeX input path, but in a TeX input path as
> well ?
>

many latex packages (eg color or graphics) will work with plain, but they
don't work too well if they are not in the input path:-)
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