[tex-k] [tex-live] mktexlsr does not include $TEXMFLOCAL when refreshing
R (Chandra) Chandrasekhar
chandra at ee.uwa.edu.au
Wed Mar 25 14:32:59 CET 2009
George N. White III wrote:
> In general, "root" should only be used when necessary. It is quite
> practical to administer TL without "root". Somewhere in the documentation
> it is mentioned that TL should not be installed by "root". TL binaries
> should not be run by "root".
I had ignored that advice to install TL as a non-root user thinking it
would not be available system-wide if I did so. Force of habit was the
other reason, because I had preciously installed the TL 2007 Debian
packages using sudo. Thanks for your re-iteration.
>> I would appreciate advice on what would be the best option.
> Don't use "root" for TL. Not only does this avoid the complications
> of different paths for su and sudo, it limits the potential damage
> of some bug in the rather complex scripts needed to administer
> TL. It is very easy to change ownership of the TL directories
> to some ordinary user, so even if you installed using "root",
> you can change to the recommended configuration later.
I have done a recursive change of ownership of all files from the
$TEXMFMAIN directory downwards so that they are now owned by a non-root
I can now use tlmgr as myself and in general everything works just as
well, but with fewer workarounds and surprises, compared to running sudo.
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