[tex-live] tl09 release status: coming up

C.M. Connelly cmc at math.hmc.edu
Thu Oct 15 01:27:45 CEST 2009

"VI" == Victor Ivrii <vivrii at gmail.com>

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

Yup.  I'm pretty sure that you'll find that Debian, Fedora, and
other distros do the same thing.  Then they'll set up multiple TeX
systems so they conflict with each other (so, say, you can have
teTeX OR TeX Live 2008 OR TeX Live 2009, but only one of them, and
the commands run whatever's installed).

One of the cool features on Mac OS X is the way that you can
switch TeX systems via a preference pane, and a couple of symlinks
get redirected and everything works.

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

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

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

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

That's pretty much what we have (except that people logging into
the new machines automatically get TeX Live 2008, if it's
available, and fall to whatever might be on the system (teTeX)
otherwise.  And they can get TeX Live 2009 by changing their path
if they want to.

While I would still rather have packages, at this point the TeX
Live install and the users' home directories all live on the same
server, so if that's down there's not much they can do anyway.


  Claire Connelly                              cmc at math.hmc.edu
  Systems Administrator                          (909) 621-8754
  Department of Mathematics                 Harvey Mudd College
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