biber, two issues

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at
Mon Jun 10 23:54:01 CEST 2019

On 2019-06-10 at 16:42:26 +0200, mario chiari wrote:

 > Hi
 > thanks for your reply.
 > My settings are such that:
 > > echo $PATH
 > /usr/share/Modules/bin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/sbin:/root/b
 > in:/usr/local/texlive/2018:/usr/local/texlive/2018/bin/x86_64-linux
 > > which perl
 > /usr/bin/perl
 > > perl -v
 > This is perl 5, version 28, subversion 2 (v5.28.2) built for x86_64-linux-
 > thread-multi (with 48 registered patches, see perl -V for more detail)
 > > printenv | grep -i perl
 > [empty]

I just run biber through strace and now I see that it doesn't use the
Perl installation at all.  It installs files in a temporary directory
and uses them, hence it's unclear to me why it behaves differently on
different machines.

I can see that biber obeys the variable TMPDIR.  It's obviously set to
/var/www/tmp on your machine, which is quite strange if you type biber
--help on the command line.  Did you run it as a normal user?  Only
your web server should use /var/www.


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