[tex-live] LaTeX takes ages to complete.

Marc van Dongen dongen at cs.ucc.ie
Fri Aug 22 16:51:02 CEST 2008

* David Kastrup <dak at gnu.org> [2008-08-22 15:47:20 +0200]:

Dear David,

: It would seem that somebody (Debian?) has installed a development copy
: of TeXlive 2008 on your system with some settings that are only
: interpreted properly when using TeXlive 2008.  Brace expansion could
: possibly be among those.

I'm using bash and it seems as if the ~ in the settings aren't properly
expanded to ${HOME}. Having a directory .texlive2008 in your
home directory makes sense but having a \~.texlive2008 in each directory
you use LaTeX in does not.

: Another possibility is that you did not actually install TeXlive 2007,
: but rather such a development copy.

I am 100% certain that I installed TeXLive 2007. I am not 100% certain
that I did not install but I am not certain I didn't install antthing
related to TeXLive 2008. (I was playing with the idea and may have done

: echo $HOME
: show your home directory?

Yes. It does.

: I certainly hope that your problem can't be reproduced using the current
: development system, or that would be a showstopper for the impending
: TeXlive release.  However, from what you posted on comp.text.tex
: previously, I don't think that you are using TeXlive2008 binaries.

I haven't considered re-installing TeXLive, but perhaps this is the
best option?


Marc van Dongen

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