[tex-live] Better ways to find packages and documentation

Karl Berry karl at freefriends.org
Thu Jul 5 23:46:35 CEST 2007

    texmf/web2c is supposed to contain system-specific stuff.  Any objections? 

texmf/web2c might not be writable.  How about $TEXMFVAR/web2c?

    I don't remember the reason for having texmf and texmf-dist.  

See the texmf*/README files.  In theory, texmf-dist could be shared
between miktex and tl, although in practice I doubt it will ever happen.

Anyway, I don't want to change this.  It seems like a huge hassle.

    Merging texmf-doc/doc into texmf certainly requires to change the

I don't want to change that either.

    from texmf-doc/doc/<language> to texmf/doc/tutorials/<language>
    because it seems that texmf-doc contains tutorials only.  

Why?  Sorry, I am baffled by these suggestions.  I don't want to make
wholesale changes to the directory structure yet again without some
overwhelming reason.

    confirm this?

texmf-doc contains packages that are purely documentation, no runtime
stuff.  (E.g., TEXINPUTS does not include texmf-doc.)  I would not
describe them all as "tutorials".


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