[tex-live] Perl for Windows

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Tue Jun 20 10:06:34 CEST 2006

Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> BTW., I still do not know what you want to achieve by using Windows
> libraries under Linux.  I'm sure they are exactly the same.  Search
> paths are compiled into binaries, hence there is no need to set
> environment vars.  Fonts and PS lib files are usually in
> ghostscript/<version> and the binaries will always find the files in
> the appropriate directories.
if i remember right it had to do with bin vs usr/bin and related relative paths; it was around v 8.30 or so; the problem was that the libs etc didn't end up in the right place (copying didn't work), so i just took the lot from a windows installation (same version) and it somehow did work; the problem with compiling under linux is that one has to (somewhat) fight this usr local or whatever is expected and default on your installed system; i often end up with moving things from usr/bin to bin or reverse (i know that there are all those path switches for make scripts but i've been bitten by that too often, ending up with messed up other progs due to lib replacement); 

anyhow, when i want an up to date system (and no messing around with dependencies and libraries) i just reinstall linux, this normally takes about a coffee break and then i have an updated system; actually that's also what i'd advice tex users with regards to tex installations: just wipe out the old stuff, install the whole new lot, if possible by copying the whole tex live cd/dvd; saves you much trouble, conflicts  and time -) and .. nowadays tex installations are small compared to the rest 


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