[tex-live] reliability of ~/texmf in TeXLive and other distros?

Adam R. Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Fri Dec 11 06:24:56 CET 2009

On Dec 10, 2009, at 9:11 PM, Dan Drake wrote:


> I don't know to what extent I can rely on TeXLive looking in ~/texmf
> by default. I installed TL 2009 and it does this, but does anyone here
> know the typical setup for major Linux distributions? For *BSD? For OS X
> or Solaris? (I'm not worrying about Windows for now.)

OS X (or at least MacTeX) uses ~/Library/texmf.  However, you should be able to use

kpsewhich -var-value=TEXMFHOME

to find it on any system.  Also, I believe texhash/mktexlsr will ignore TEXMFHOME; at least on OS X, it's searched dynamically.


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