[tex-live] TEXINPUTS on windows

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Sun Nov 7 03:59:11 CET 2010

On 6 November 2010 Robin Fairbairns wrote:

 > of course, texmfhome is a snare and a delusion for those of us
 > whose home directory is stored on an nfs server: people *keep*
 > claiming that you don't need an ls-r file for texmfhome -- which is
 > tosh, in this case.

Robin, I have to apologize.  Of course, there had to be an ls-R file
for TEXMFHOME as long as teTeX/TeX Live exists.  

I proposed to remove TEXMFHOME from TEXMFDBS some time ago in order to
circumvent a stupid bug in fmtutil.  This was just a quick and dirty
workaround, not meant as a solution.

Today everybody regards it as a feature but I'm convinced that it was
a big mistake.  If someone reports a similar bug in the future, I'll
definitely shut up.

Nobody can describe my thoughts better than Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(1749 - 1832):

Der Zauberlehrling (The Sorcerer's Apprentice):

   Die ich rief, die Geister werd ich nun nicht los.

   Spirits that I've cited my commands ignore.


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