[tex-live] TeX Live on NetBSD: first steps

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Mon Jun 18 22:52:47 CEST 2007

Jukka Salmi writes:

 > Tracing texconfig revealed that kpsewhich searches for tcfmgr.map in
 > the following directories (in this order):
 > .
 > $HOME/.texlive2007/texmf-config/texconfig/
 > $HOME/.texlive2007/texmf-var/texconfig/
 > $HOME/texmf/texconfig/

Does this happen if you run texconfig-sys init ?

 > and then gives up, i.e. exits with exit status 1. Hmm, neither
 > $HOME/.texlive2007/ nor $HOME/texmf/ exist...

They don't exist by default.  $HOME/texmf/ is where you can store your
personal files and the directory $HOME/.texlive2007/ will be created
when it's needed.  The fact that tcfmgr.map is expected in $HOME is
quite strange.

 > At this point I ran texhash as you suggested, and after that `texconfig
 > init' succeeded! Now I (seem to) have a working TL installation!


 > Hmm, should texhash have been run by the TL installation routine?

Though texhash is a shell script, it depends on kpsewhich, which is
a binary.  You installed TeXLive before you added the binaries for
your platform.  You already said that you got an error message from
the installer.  The shell script called binaries which didn't exist
for your platform at this time.  I suppose that this was the problem.

 > BTW, I ran install-tl.sh as non-root. Could this be the source of the
 > problems?

No, you don't have to be root.  TeXLive is supposed to work everywhere
and for everybody.  I would complain loudly otherwise, I've made some
bad experiences with stupid system administrators at the university
many years ago and I'll never forget this.

 > > Your binaries are welcome!
 > OK, convinced ;-) But I could provide binaries for i386 and sparc64
 > only.

At the moment there are no binaries available for NetBSD at all.  I'm
quite amazed that you can even provide binaries for _two_ platforms.

Best Regards,

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