[tlbuild] Questions about texlive source

Peter Breitenlohner peb at mppmu.mpg.de
Mon Dec 5 10:00:02 CET 2011

On Sat, 3 Dec 2011, Bruce Dubbs wrote:

>> I believe Peter (Breitenlohner) has made the build system support
>> shared libraries if you use --enable-shared (and maybe other configure
>> flags), but I've never tried it.
> Right now I'm using
> --prefix=/usr                  \
> ...
> But I'm still exploring.
>> Peter also wrote quite a bit of information since the TL'11 release in
>> new top-level README.distro, README.config, and other README.* files.
> I see that.  I'll study those and get back to you if there are more 
> questions.

Hi Bruce,

the README.distro suggests to use, e.g. for x86_64-linux
but unfortunately this requires the development sources (as of 2011-09-09 or

For earlier versions (including the TL'11 release) you should use just
and then move the binaries from /usr/share/bin or /usr/share/ARCH/bin
to /usr/bin and replace all (relative) symlinks by suitably adjusted ones.
When using shared libraries you can also move them or even better specify
the correct libdir (/usr/lib or /usr/lib64 or ...).

I would very strongly suggest to use a `staged install', i.e.
   make DESTDIR=/SOME/PATH/PREFIX install-strip
in order not to mess up your running system. Next you can move the binaries,
adjust the symlinks and so on.


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