How to adjust the $TEXMFCNF variable not to interfere with ConText?

Pablo González L pablgonz at
Sat Sep 19 15:06:18 CEST 2020

> 1) I haven't tried, but I don't know of any reason why TEXMFAUXTREES could
> not be set in the environment. In general, variable lookups are treated
> the same.
I've tried it, but, for some reason it doesn't work, I assume that's why they
used the 'texmf.cnf' file to configure TEXMFAUXTREES. I prefer to use
environment variables and not touch any `.cnf` file (that's only for advanced

> 2)
>     $ export TEXMFCNF='~/texmf:'
> Evidently context does not support the trailing : syntax on TEXMFCNF, as
> it is only looking in that home dir for texmfcnf.lua (which is in
> texmf-dist/web2c, sibling to texmf.cnf):
>   resolvers       | resolving | looking for regular 'texmfcnf.lua' on
>   weird path '$HOME/texmf:' from specification '$HOME/texmf:'
> So maybe some other variable could be set. But I also don't understand
> why setting TEXMFAUXTREES should interfere with context in the first
> place; all it does is add more trees to $TEXMF. -k

This leaves me a little sad, if you don't know what's going on it means that it
can't be solved :(

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