[tex-live] Mktexlsr not working on texmf-local

Dr.Jan Kutylowski Jan.Kutylowski at mailbox.tu-dresden.de
Wed Apr 18 17:40:19 CEST 2007


I have complained about inability to initiate texmf-local. I would  
like to thank two helpers and report on developments, which do not  
seem to be fully satisfactory.

Quoting Reinhard Kotucha <reinhard.kotucha at web.de>:

>>>>>> "Zdenek" == Zdenek Wagner <zdenek.wagner at gmail.com> writes:
>   > 2007/4/16, Dr.Jan Kutylowski
>   > <Jan.Kutylowski at mailbox.tu-dresden.de>:
>   >> Hi,
>   >>
>   >> I have installed TExLive2007 "for all users on the system" in
>   >> Windows XP Home with SP2, where I am the only user with
>   >> administrator priviledges. Then I have created texmf-local in the
>   >> TexLive tree and copied some files into it.
>   >>
>   > Have you looked at the access permissions? It seems to me that
>   > your texmf-local is accessible only to Administrator, not to
>   > normal users.

I have replied to it, that I am the administrator, so this probably is  
not the issue. But I cannot yet exclude possible mistakes in setting  
up permissions by the installer.

> AFAIK texmf-local is generated during installation if it does not
> exist already.  Is *this* directory accessible?
> Regards,
>   Reinhard

Í have noticed it when I switched to TeXLive 2005. This led to  
question whether the TeXLive2007 installer gets confused by any  
directory that is called texmf-local and is present in the path. I had  
such a directory somewhere in the remnants of defunct old fpTeX tree  
(of course, that is where my local files, especially fonts, were).  
After I renamed it, TeXLive installed a texmf-local outside of the  
actual TeX tree (I did not installed it in the default c:TexLive  
2007). Now mktexlsr works on that texmf-local directory, but TeXLive  
reports that this directory tree _is_ actually subsumed in the TeXLive  

Preliminary conclusions? The installer seems very frail with respect  
to the existence of anything called texmf-local in the path: there  
should either be a warning about this, or an improvement.I find it  
weird that the texmf-local tree is seen as inside the TeXLive tree by  
the TeXLive system and have no idea whether I should expect further  
troubles problems with it.

In ancient times I was asked by an installation program whether I want  
to specify location of a texmf-local tree. Times are changing. I would  
appreciate any further advice.


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