[tex-live] lua path

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Mon Dec 9 18:31:32 CET 2013

"texdoc perl" should lead the user to RTFM information such as:

Consult the documentation for your perl distribution.  For Windows, TeX
Live provides a restricted "perl.exe"
for the private use of the package manager (as mentioned in the TL
documentation).  For other platforms, TeX Live uses a perl interpreter
supplied by the system.  If you need a perl interpreter for third party
scripts you should arrange to provide a suitable interpreter (Windows) or
use one supplied with your system (other platforms).

There are a number of other utilities (ghostscript) for which similar short
documents (or links to the
existing documentation) would be useful.

Perhaps a single generic catchall document would be useful for keywords
point to common tools:

"TeX Live relies on a number of common utility programs, including perl,
tar, xz, ghostscript, and wget.   You are reading this because you asked
for TeX documentation for one of those tools, (e.g., "texdoc perl").   To
find out how the tool is used by Tex Live, consult the TeX Live
documentation.  TeX Live does not provide usage  documentation for specific
tools.  If a tool you need is not present on your system, you may need to
install a suitable version."

On Sun, Dec 8, 2013 at 6:56 PM, Reinhard Kotucha <reinhard.kotucha at web.de>wrote:

> On 2013-12-08 at 21:41:59 +0000, Philip Taylor wrote:
>  > Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
>  >
>  > > I'm wondering which file is supposed to be displayed when people say
>  > > "texdoc perl".
>  >
>  > Well, the output of "Perldoc Perl" would be one option (if TeX Live
>  > ships Perldoc), otherwise perhaps :
>  >
>  > Usage: D:\TeX\Live\2013\tlpkg\tlperl\bin\perl.exe [switches] [--]
> What is it good for?  The hidden Perl is not accessible by users
> directly.  This is on purpose.  TeX Live is not a Perl distribution.
> If users need Perl for their own scripts they have to install it
> separately.
> Regards,
>   Reinhard
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George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia
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