[tex-live] failed messages on updating texlive2011

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Fri Oct 21 01:26:57 CEST 2011

On Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 8:00 PM, Norbert Preining <preining at logic.at> wrote:

> On Do, 20 Okt 2011, ravi wrote:
>> from Stefan Löffler, I used the following command to get ownership of the
>> texlive installation:
>> chown -R "$USER" /usr/local/texlive
> Well, you did install it initially as root, how can you expect
> that you can change *afterwards* files as normal user? Of course
> you got access denied errors.
> Sometimes I ask myself why people don't know the difference
> between root and normal user, and why we have to do Unix consulting jobs?

Because the only way things get done is because some people step up and
do tasks that belong to others.

Linux distros have made the mistake of trying to replace windows
without guidance to users on the things they need to learn.   Windows
is like ordering take-out -- all you can get is neatly wrapped packages
which may or may not meet expectations.  Linux is like a high-end
restaurant kitchen -- capable of producing great results in the hands of a
properly trained chef, but the sharp knives and hot stoves are potentially
dangerous to someone whose previous experience is limited to ordering from
the take-out menu.

Clearly the OP needs to read and understand some basic unix concepts --
maybe <http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debian-reference/ch01.en.html>
will help.

>> This is a summary of all `failed' messages:
>> `pdftex -ini -jobname=eplain -progname=eplain -translate-file=cp227.tcx
>> *eplain.ini' failed
> Well, as long as you do not show us the failed output ... there
> should be files
>        jadetex.log
>        pdfjadetex.log
>        ....
> under /usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf-var/web2c/pdftex/..
> etc etc,
> Can you send
>        /usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf-var/web2c/pdftex/pdflatex.log
> ?
> Or first take a look for yourself, maybe there is something obvious in
> it.
> And by theway, the output of
>        tlmgr conf
> please send also!!!!!

Sound advice.

George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia

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