[tex-live] TEXMFHOME when using install-tl on a Mac

Claire M. Connelly cmc at math.hmc.edu
Wed Oct 5 19:59:54 CEST 2011

"AM" == Alan Munn <amunn at gmx.com>

    AM> This Stack Exchange question, which describes such a case
    AM> <http://tex.stackexchange.com/q/30494/2693>, seems to show
    AM> that it defaults to /home/<user>/texmf

    AM> If true, this is an unfortunate decision, since 99% of all
    AM> advice about local additions for Mac users will point
    AM> people to /Users/<user>/Library/texmf.

I can confirm that you need to have your texmf in ~/Library (or at
least a link to it) for typesetting with MacTeX.  (I install
MacTeX, then keep it up-to-date with tlmgr, but clearly the
defaults set by the MacTeX maintainers persist.)

These settings are in /usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf.cnf; a
tl-install installation does not include this file (so the
defaults apply).

This file also sets TEXMFVAR to ~/Library/texlive/2011/texmf-var
and TEXMFCONFIG to ~/Library/texlive/2011/texmf-config.


P.S. Alan's message was helpful, as I was setting up a new Mac and
     having to move some of my configuration over by hand, and was
     wondering why I had my texmf in ~/Library, having set it up
     long, long ago (and having a link in my home directory that I
     actually use to get to the contents).

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