/usr/TeX (was: [tex-live] Re: Debian-TeXlive Proposal II)

Frank Küster frank at kuesterei.ch
Mon Jan 31 12:36:26 CET 2005

Norbert Preining <preining at logic.at> schrieb:

> On Sam, 29 Jan 2005, Karl Berry wrote:
>> (Personally I think /usr/TeX makes a lot more sense, would be less
> Do you think it is definitely impossible to get a /usr/TeX?
> Frank, as a DD, what do you think?

I don't see any possibility, and I don't even know what the benefit
would be.

Look at http://www.pathname.com/fhs/pub/fhs-2.3.html#THEUSRHIERARCHY

There is a rationale for each of the directories, and there doesn't seem
to be anything comparable for /usr/TeX. Reserving a subhierarchy to one
particular program (and not the most important one, most people except
us would say) contradicts the whole idea of the FHS, see 


I can imagine a whole lot of other software "systems" that would like to
have such a place. Then we would have to add all their bin/ directories
to the PATH, all their etc/ directories to the stuff that is regularly
backuped (because you can't restore it from the CD's), ...

Regards, Frank

Frank Küster
Inst. f. Biochemie der Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer

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