[tex-live] texdoc can't find texmf.cnf

Manuel Pegourie-Gonnard mpg at elzevir.fr
Mon Jun 23 13:58:00 CEST 2008

David Kastrup a écrit :
>> You make the real point here.  TeX Live is not only for geeks and
>> hackers, it's also for "normal" users, and those want to see pdf,
>> because it's a standard, they already have a reader and are used to
>> it.
> No.  The normal users want to see texts and not worry about the format
> it is in.  And if they have a viewer which is an order of magnitude
> faster and integrates with their editor (source specials), they will
> certainly prefer that.
They probably don't worry about the format, but they certainly do about the
viewer.  And most of them are used to a pdf viewer, but not to a dvi viewer.
 Something like xdvi looks very strange to someone just discovering the TeX

Anyway, I don't know which kind of "normal" users you know, but the "normal"
users around me (most of them phd students in math, using TeX daily) do
prefer their documentation in pdf.

> The "user" does not look at "strange formats".  He clicks on files and
> buttons.
And is disappointed because he doesn't know which button to click in xdvi...

> CTAN is a different matter.  It is an archive, not a complete system.
> Standalone files make sense there.
But TeX live is far from independent of CTAN.  If there are pdfs on CTAN,
there will be pdfs in TL.  Anyway, I don't see the point in using a
non-standalone and non-standard format just because we could...


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