[tex-live] preview.sty / tlmgr vs AucTeX

Axel E. Retif axel.retif at mac.com
Tue Mar 9 08:14:44 CET 2010

On  8 Mar, 2010, at 08:24, George N. White III wrote:

> In any case, the AucTeX configure allows you to set the texmf path and
> tex-dir, so at least you can ensure that preview.sty ends up in the
> location of your choice.

As a matter of fact, with the previous install (AucTeX v11.85) I had used ~/texmf in Debian (and ~/Library/texmf in the Mac). But in February, seeing that tlmgr was installing a newer version of preview.sty, I decided to get rid of preview.sty et al. in my personal trees in both OS.

Now ---with Debian installing AucTeX is really simple ---just

make install

and it finds both my build of Emacs (v23.x) and TeXLive. But on the Mac that's not so simple --- configure finds the Emacs shipped by Apple (/usr/bin/emacs, v22.x), instead of my build (v23) in /Applications, and gets confused by the MacTeX mechanism of /usr/texbin, so I have to configure with-emacs, with-lispdir and with-texmf-dir.

Trying to keep both TeXLive distros (Debian and Mac) always the same, I looked into Debian where were the support files installed, and that's when I found AucTeX and tlmgr were installing in different branches.



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