[tex-live] Re: install for compressed CD

Staszek Wawrykiewicz staw at gust.org.pl
Mon Jun 21 04:52:28 CEST 2004

On Sun, 20 Jun 2004, Sebastian Rahtz wrote:

> I have to stop now for the day, but I have taken the Unix installer for
> the compressed CD far enough forward to do some more serious bug-fixing.
> It runs to completion, but some things in the end set up are not right
> yet.

OK. I tried with another tl-compressed made after #5137
and installed using default settings (recommended scheme). 
Some notes what has failed
1.in texmf-var/: 
a. building global map files
b. language.dat
c. fmtutil.cnf
d. config.ps (not copied to texmf-var/)

2. in texmf/
a. in doc/ we have man/man3/zlib only? 
b. web2c/texmf.cnf 0 bytes

every subdirectory in texmf-local/ has redundant local/ subdirectory
(I think that texmf-local is enough local ;-)

It is somehow strange that on linux I have xemtex/man/ installed,
containing cjpeg etc., libpng and png manuals.
man pages in so many directories seems to me hardly usable on linux/unix,
I cannot expect the users want to adapt their MANPATH to every directory.

[As for me I would prefer merging the installed stuff into one texmf/
but I'm scared to start any new discussion. It is so difficult to check
the completness, what goes where, etc...]

When making tl-compressed we don't need texmf-var/ on the CD. Moreover
texmf-doc/ should contain not only texlive-en but also other 
translations. The cd has also empty tpm/ directory (?) but lists/
are gathered only in texmf/

I can expect one more problem: the current texconfig makes working
copies of configuration files and language.dat in texmf-local/ (not in 
texmf-var/ !),
texmf-var/web2c/ contains *only* format files and another copy 
of updmap.cfg (!). Having working installation (not that the above one)
I've just failed to run updmap...
As stated in many places, texmf-var/ *is* dedicated for working
configuration files and format files generated by the user.
I investigated many people and they tend (like me) to keep all such stuff
(config files and formats) in texmf-var/, leaving texmf-local/ for
user's macros&fonts. Now we have some mess in that (e.g. Win32 
still uses texmf-var/ for cnf&fmt). I'd be really happy if we could
keep compatibility between different platforms...
Thomas, we discussed that problem, perhaps it is good time to reconsider
that on TL forum?


Staszek Wawrykiewicz
StaW at gust.org.pl

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