[tex-live] TeX Live in User mode

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Mon Jul 22 10:38:09 CEST 2013

Karl Berry <karl at freefriends.org> wrote:

>     >> It would be very user friendly if the mktexlsr creates a database also
>     >> in $TEXMFHOME dir (if exists such dir)
> To expand on Norbert said: it's intentional that this is not done by
> default, because most people using TEXMFHOME do not have tons of files
> there, and thus there's no need for ls-R, and it's better not to have it
> if it's not needed, since then it can't get out of date.  Sorry for the
> run-on sentence :).
> If you create an ls-R in TEXMFHOME (presumably because you have
> thousands of files there), it's up to you to update it.  One can imagine
> other options, but doing anything else has its own downsides.

there are other reasons to create such a file.

in an environment such as mine, where the home directory is on a
file-server, even relatively small numbers of files in TEXMFHOME can
cause really quite irritating delays, since nfs file searches are quite

which is why i have an ls-R for a mere 80 files in the tree.

robin the contrarian.

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