[tex-live] Feature request for TL 2014 (or later): Easier installation of local/experimental packages

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Fri Feb 14 01:00:27 CET 2014

On 2014-02-13 at 22:58:52 +0000, Karl Berry wrote:

 > On the other hand, if all we do is add one more variable to the default
 > TEXMF that users can play with, say TEXMFPROJECT, that seems like it
 > should be essentially harmless.

If you replace the directory by a list of directories in TEXMFHOME or
TEXMFLOCAL and install files yourself in these trees, there shouldn't
be any problems.  If there is an installer script, maybe written by
someone else, it might be confused if the target is a list rather than
a single path.  I had to adapt getnonfreefonts when someone asked me
to add support lists too.

If there are scripts which assume that the variables expand to single
paths, something like TEXMFPROJECT might be safer.

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