[tex-live] updating sym links

Bob Tennent rdt at cs.queensu.ca
Tue Dec 6 01:10:17 CET 2011

Hi Karl.

 >|    When new packages are installed by tlmgr --all, it seems new sym links
 >|    to binaries or man pages aren't added in the usual places, such as
 >|    /usr/local/bin or /usr/local/share/man. Is this a bug or a feature?
 >|The "usual place" in my life is /usr/local/texlive/YYYY/bin/* (and man,
 >|similarly), which does get updated.
 >|Of course, you're talking about the system directories.  As far as I'm
 >|conerned, it's a feature that we don't play around with system
 >|directories on updates.

But you do, if requested, when TL gets installed. It seems to me that,
for consistency, that request should continue if *new* binaries are
installed automatically as part of an update.

 >|I believe you can update your system directories if you choose to
 >|by running
 >|  tlmgr path add
 >|but I can't say I've ever tried it, except for a little testing after
 >|Norbert implemented it ...

It's not for myself I'm asking about this. I can set the PATH variables
to the right places. But a user who doesn't know how to do this will
notice a new binary has been installed, say, dosepsbin, and then be
surprised when "man dosepsbin" and "which dosepsbin" don't work.

Bob T.

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