[tex-live] fmtutil(-sys) --all reports errors

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Sun Sep 21 20:34:23 CEST 2008

On Sun, Sep 21, 2008 at 9:56 AM, Peter Ragosch
<peter.ragosch at t-online.de> wrote:

> No.  I've started 'fmtutil-sys --all' from my HOME, but the TEXDIR belongs to
> USERS --- not to ROOT --- for simplifying upgrades. I know that's
> not "correct", but gives no trouble in the past.

On the contrary, with "real" TeX Live all the files are kept out of the system
trees.  Given the basic rule that root should run only what is necessary
and nothing else, the TEXDIR should belong to whatever user manages
TeX, and the -sys functions should be run as that user (e.g., sudo -u texadm ..
is preferable to sudo ...).

George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia

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