[tex-live] [tlpmgui] tlpmgui starts in the wrong mode under Win32

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Fri Feb 2 13:43:50 CET 2007

2007/2/2, Philip Taylor (Webmaster) <P.Taylor at rhul.ac.uk>:
> Dirk Ullrich wrote:
>  > 2007/2/1, George N. White III <gnwiii at gmail.com>:
>  >  > Some do expect exactly that.  Since the locations of texmf trees are
>  >  > tied to the location of the executable [...]
> I would be very happy if this behaviour could be phased out.
> For what I think are very obvious reasons, I prefer to
> keep executables and data in very different locations,
> and in practice on separate partitions and even on separate
> hard drives.  The present system (which is admittedly
> no different to Microsoft's equally insane view of the
> world) perpetuates the philosophy that it is normal
> for both programs and data to share the same space;
> IMHO, this is an ill-conceived idea which should be
> phased out as quickly as possible.
You should not consider texmf trees as data but as a part of the
program. The executable must know how to find texmf.cnf. Once it is
found it can instruct to look for files whenever you wish. If you have
several versions of TL installed, You just put the correct directory
to the beginning of PATH and everything will then work. If you assume
that the texmf.cnf file is somewhere else, you have to set the
TEXMFCNF environment variable (I hope that it still exists, at least
it is recognized in the OS/2 port).

Other distributions of tex do similar things, they assume that files
are located somewhere. We get too many bug reports caused by TL
installed over another incomplete TeX distribution and conflicts
between binaries resulting from that.

> ** Phil.

Zdeněk Wagner

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