[tex-live] Raspbian texlive

simon at getthingsfixed.co.uk simon at getthingsfixed.co.uk
Mon Sep 10 08:55:27 CEST 2012

I decided that I wanted my texlive directly (via DVD then usb stick) rather 
than from within the distro. Then I can manage my tex installation via tlmgr.

But 2012 hasn't got the armhf binaries, so I downloaded the sources and 

Two issues I found:
* Wheezy's /bin/sh is dash and not bash. "Build" is #!/bin/sh and it barfed. 
It has some bashism in it, so I had to run it as "bash Build". It does call 
other things with /bin/sh in them, but it did not seem to cause a problem[1]. 
* RAM. Some of the tests failed because of inadequate RAM, so I gave it a 
temporary 1GB swapfile and it was happy[1].

[1] "Problem" being defined here as "did not write 'FAIL' into the log file, 
and the resultant binaries don't barf".

Then installed with "install_tl --custom-bin=...". Tested and all fine, or so 
it would seem.

Is that all there was to it? Apart from about 8hrs runtime it wasn't any 
hassle to compile.

Anything else I should know?

If it is apparently that easy would I be making a foolish promise to supply 
the official armhf binaries for texlive?

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