[texworks] integrating TeX Works into TeX Live

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Fri Mar 13 02:51:45 CET 2009

On 12 March 2009 Norbert Preining wrote:

 > On Do, 12 M?r 2009, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
 > >  > > It would be much nicer to have the files in $TEXMFCONFIG and
 > >  > > $TEXMFHOME.  It is a bit confusing if (TeX) related files are not
 > >  > 
 > >  > Bad. TeX Works should work on many different systems, and independent of
 > >  > TeX Live. 
 > > 
 > > Nonsense.  There are hundreds of other programs which work on many
 > > different systems.  Why should texworks be an exception?
 > Imagine TeX distribution Xy which does set TEXMFHOME the same for all
 > users, because it does use an old kpathsea where ~ is not known etc.
 > Then every user overwrites the settings, last one wins.

~ is just an alias for HOME/USERPROFILE.  Any distrubution which has
an older kpathsea does not use this new feature.  The only reason we
are using ~ is that this is the only way to avoid different texmf.cnf
files for Unix and Windows.

You can safely use TEXMFHOME and TEXMFCONFIG on all systems as usual.
With other words, texworks should look for config files in


instead of


The latter requires a recent kpathsea.  But programs should use
standard variables and avoid ~.


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