[tex-live] texmf.cnf problem for DevanagariTeX in Ubuntu904/Texlive

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Thu Oct 29 18:23:11 CET 2009

2009/10/28 P. P. Narayanaswami <swami at mun.ca>:
> I use Texlive that is bundled with Ubuntu 9.04 with the texmf root
> directory residing at /usr/share/texmf.  I wanted to install DevanagariTeX2.15,
> whose filesystem confirms to TDS.  The instruction that comes with the README
> file is  is to edit the texmf.cnf file (in web2c directory)
> and modify the TEXMF variable. Insert the line
>    DEVNAG = /path/to/velthuis
> and then modify the TEXMF definition as:
> Rebuild the file database.
The readme file was written before Velthuis Devanagari was included in
TeX Live. Now you have to do it only if you wish to use the latest
package from CVS. I hope that all packages have been converted to
*.deb so that you should have everything. There are just some
improvements concerning Vedic accents that are not yet on CTAN and
thus not on TeX Live.

> When I do exactly as above, nothing happens and  kpathsea library is not finding
> the files. On looking at the texmf.cnf file in /texmf/web2c,
> I find the following precautions at the very beginning of the file:
> % This file is automatically generated by update-texmf
> % PLEASE DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE DIRECTLY. It is meant to be generated from
> % files in /etc/texmf/texmf.d/.
> % While changes made by users will not be overwritten, they will cause
> % you trouble. You will be shown the differences between the edited and
> % the newly created file. We will try to merge our and your changes, but
> % that might not always work, and you will probably have to edit again.
> % Therefore, if you want a smooth upgrade, please edit the files
> % in /etc/texmf/texmf.d,
> % or create an additional one (with the extension '.cnf'),
> % and invoke update-texmf.
> What does this mean?  Am I not allowed to edit and change the texmf.cnf
> file, and in that case, how can I accomplish the changes need to install
> DevanagariTeX?  Any help will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Zdeněk Wagner

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