[tex-live] strange discrepancy in running time of etex between TL2015 and TL2017

Norbert Preining norbert at preining.info
Mon Sep 4 02:07:44 CEST 2017

Hi, just one short remark

> kpsewhich) because it appeared the MacPorts' one
> had a hard-coded /opt/local/share setting for TEXMFROOT

*every* kpsewhich has some path hard-coded into the binary. 
This is unavoidable because it needs to find the initial
texmf.cnf. These hard-coded path are normally relative
to the location of the kpsewhich binary, but some 
installations (like Debian/TeX Live) hard-code the path
because it is well known.

As Reinhard wrote in a later email, yes, after the initial texmf.cnf
is found, you can changes *all* variables to point to arbitrary


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