[tex-live] -var and -local [was:] install for compr...

Thomas Esser te at dbs.uni-hannover.de
Sat Jun 26 12:05:16 CEST 2004

> Oh, I see (I think), Thomas was considering the texconfig run to be a
> local customization, hence in texmf-local.  That's true, in a way, but
> in practice, Thomas, I don't see how it helps.  It splits up changes
> made by "the system" into both texmf-var and texmf-local.

That describes the ideas in a good way. I see a different quality of
config files and format files ending in some tree. Some user might want to
keep the locally changed config files but also to replace the format files
when upgrading (or when sharing files accross multiple installations).

That's why I have suggested that I make texconfig aware of this situation
and to let it support these two concepts. Then, the decision to make
it one way or the other becomes con simple change in the configuration
rather than a script rewrite. I don't even mind if TeX Live's default
setup is different from teTeX's.

Personally, I don't see a problem if there a a few
prefix/share/texmf-something trees as long as it is clear what goes


More information about the tex-live mailing list