[tex-live] Pathological search path for TeXMF.cnf

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Mon Mar 16 22:31:43 CET 2015

2015-03-16 19:33 GMT+01:00 Philip Taylor <P.Taylor at rhul.ac.uk>:

> Zdeněk Wagner wrote:
>  Some time ago I had similar problems in Linux due to failing disk
>> controller on my motherboard. It helped a little after reconnecting the
>> disk to another slot. However, if HW is the source of the problem, it
>> would not explain why it runs fast in 32 VM on the same computer.
> It may, Zdeněk -- the VHDs for the VM are on different, external, USB
> drives, not on the (possibly failing) D-drive where TeX lives ...
> But a quick look at the system error log suggests there is nothing too
> much to worry about; only 8 reported disc errors since the start of the
> year.
> ** Phil.

It is irrelevant whether you have errors in the log or not. During the last
year I had two problems:

1. Failing disk controller

2. Failing power supply (at leas one of the voltages and the power loss was
not permanent)

There was no error record at all. HD was just in a kind of wait state which
is not considered an error, it just makes everything terribly slow.
Sometimes the disc stopped rotating for a while ad then started to work
again but it was not recorded as an error. Not all kinds of error states
are reported.

Zdeněk Wagner
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