[tex-live] TEXINPUTS on windows

Andreas Hirsch nishni_nowgorod at gaponline.de
Sun Nov 7 12:38:00 CET 2010

Hi Ulrike,

quoting Ulrike Fischer, [07.11.2010 12:24 +0100]:
> Am Sat, 06 Nov 2010 22:07:33 +0100 schrieb Andreas Hirsch:

>> again: we talk about unexperienced TeX users? What they have to add?
> Well the last year I talk quite a lot of rather unexperienced TeX
> user through the task to add biblatex to their miktex system (when
> no miktex and texlive package existed). 
>> Your example seems very special to me:
> It's a real example. It was just discussed in the german group.
> Someone wanted to try the microtype beta.  
>> wheres's the problem to use localtexmf?
> It takes more time to install large packages when you have to copy
> files and it's more error-prone. It's also more difficult to clean
> up if all your local packages are in the same texmf-tree. Assume
> that you have installed pgf 2.0 in your localtexmf and now 2.1 is
> official and can be installed with tlgmr. How do you remove the 2.0?
> How do tell the unexperienced TeX-user to uninstall it? 
> I install such large packages simply in a texmf-tree "texmf-pgf20",
> mount this tree and when I no longer need it, unmount. I don't need
> to delete anything. If for a reason I need suddendly pgf 2.0 back I
> can simply mount its tree again.

I realize that we have different 'unexperienced users' in mind.

I'm teaching LaTeX for pupils at a german 'gymnasium' for years and
never things like whose you describe have to be solved. In my mind these
are users who are familiar with TeX.

The problems I have to solve are on a very lower stage.


'Computer power is a supplement
for brain power - not a substitute.'
		(free after Ben Munk)

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