[tex-live] tl09 release status: coming up

Victor Ivrii vivrii at gmail.com
Thu Oct 15 00:58:02 CEST 2009

On Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 6:03 PM, C.M. Connelly <cmc at math.hmc.edu> wrote:
> "RF" == Robin Fairbairns <Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk>
>    RF> redhat has changed.  rhel (aka centos, i think) does
>    RF> indeed still install tetex, but i suspect it's due for an
>    RF> update, at which time it will be difficult for them to
>    RF> avoid tl (though presumably tl07).
> RHEL 5 (and thus CentOS 5), which is the latest release, has teTeX
> 3.  And, surprise, there were some problems I ran across when I
> was doing new installs recently because I tweak some TeX settings
> and the version of LaTeX included was old enough to trigger the
> ``your LaTeX is ancient!'' warnings.  (The same issue also stopped
> teTeX from building from source.  They fixed the issue, but I'm
> not sure what they did (I suggested either editing the files to
> change the date or (obviously preferable) updating the LaTeX files
> included in the package.))

In our distribution RH in its infinite wisdom placed all TeX binaries
in /usr/bin

while TexLive 2008 we installed into
/usr/local/texlive/2008/bin/x86_64-linux/ and TL 2009 I installed into
/usr/local/texlive/2009/bin/x86_64-linux/ (as sysadmin gave me under
separate login all permissions for   /usr/local/texlive/

So switch to TL for those who wants was either with
setenv PATH "/usr/local/texlive/2009/bin/x86_64-linux:${PATH}"

or with adding /usr/local/texlive/2008/bin/x86_64-linux/ before
/usr/bin in the path

This keeps everyone happy: those who want up-to-date TeX go with TL,
those who want old stuff do nothing, admins avoid installing any new

> I worked around the problem by installing TeX Live 2008 in a
> central location, and pointing everyone's path to it.  (And I have
> TeX Live 2009 in place next to 2008.)
> The next release of RHEL (and thus CentOS) should have TeX Live,
> as Fedora has TeX Live.  (Unfortunately, back porting the TeX Live
> packages from Fedora turned out to be a huge amount of work, which
> is why I went with the central install solution.)
>   Claire
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