[tex-live] texmf-dist -> texmf for TL'13

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Fri Jan 25 23:28:48 CET 2013

On 2013-01-25 at 19:58:51 +0900, Norbert Preining wrote:

 > Hi Markus,
 > On Fr, 25 Jan 2013, Markus Kohm wrote:
 > > > For TL 2013, we have been contemplating merging texmf-dist back
 > > > into texmf, so there would once again be a single tree.
 > > 
 > > Good idea, but I'd have to change several scripts (e.g. scripts,
 > > that search at TEXMFDIST only for makro names) and maybe some
 > > docus. Maybe it would be better (for me, so it's an egoistic
 > > suggestion) to merge texmf into texmf-dist or at least texmf and
 > > texmf-dist into $TEXMFDIST? And maybe for users it would
 > I guess for at least some time we will have
 > 	TEXMFDIST = TEXMF = ....
 > so that lookups
 > 	kpsewhich -var-value
 > etc work properly.

If you set


then it's advisable to remove TEXMFDIST from TEXMFDBS.  Otherwise
mktexlsr would scan the tree twice each time it's called.  :)

On the other hand I'm not sure whether it's really helpfull to keep
TEXMFDIST when texmf-dist is removed.  If TEXMFDIST is removed now,
people complain now. If it's supported until next year, people
complain next year, and if it's removed in ten years, people complain
in ten years.

A hint at http://tug.org/texlive/acquire.html or so would be
sufficient IMO.  People can then adapt their scripts before installing
the new release.  And if they need TL-2013 immediately but don't have
enough time to adapt their scripts, they still can set TEXMFDIST=$TEXMF


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