[tex-live] Sorting out updmap/updmap-sys-troubles

Ulrike Fischer news3 at nililand.de
Wed May 23 13:08:22 CEST 2012

Am Wed, 23 May 2012 12:02:06 +0200 schrieb Zdenek Wagner:

>> But I already found a following question: While reading in the
>> installation instructions of TeXLive 2011 I found this sentence:
>> "You do not need to be root (administrator on Windows) to install,
>> use, or manage TeX Live. In fact, we recommend installing it as a
>> normal user,..."

>> If the default installation is as normal user, why do the users have
>> to bother with updmap-sys at all? On miktex with a single-user
>> installation in a restricted account you only have to (can) use
>> updmap.

> I am not a Windows user but I can explain what I do on Linux. I select
> a normal user (usually me) who will be responsible for TeX Live
> maintanance. I ask "root" to create /usr/local/texlive and change the
> ownership so that the TL maintainer has write access.

Hm. But to be able "to ask root" you must know an admin password?
This doesn't sound like an installation "as normal user" to me ;-)

I normally install miktex only for me in a restricted account
without any admin rights or knowledge of admin rights (at my job I
wouldn't get them anyway). 

Ulrike Fischer 

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