Texlive Path Setup
rastiber at web.de
Tue Jan 18 14:41:21 CET 2022
Thanks for the input. It sounds really neat. I will definitely try that.
I would love to take a look at it. Haven't used Tcl before, but i should
be able to translate it into a shellscript.
> there are many ways. My setup contains
> /usr/local/texlive/current/bin/x86_64-linux almost at the beginning of
> PATH (I have good reasons to override some binaries but it needs
> caution). Here "current" is a symlink to a version which I want to
> use. In addition, I have a script written in Tcl/Tk. It looks into
> /usr/local/texlive/ and offers all directories representing years and
> current. It then replaces the "current" element with the selected path
> but for the current terminal only. Thus I have one version selected
> for my general work but can switch to an older version or to a testing
> version just in one terminal. And I can return to current if I like.
> If a new version of TL comes and I want to switch to it as the
> default, I just change the "current" symlink and it is recognized
> immediatelly in all terminals unless they have a special version
> activated temporarily. If you like, I can send you my Tcl/Tk script.
> Zdeněk Wagner
> po 17. 1. 2022 v 20:46 odesílatel Nikos Platis <nplatis at gmail.com>
>>> Now I'm curious though:
>>> Is there any way to elegantly tell Linux which version of texlive
>>> I know that some folks out there have multiple versions running. Like
>>> one for each release or stuff like that.
>>> There has to be a better way then to just update your environment
>>> variables every time....
>> Yes there is another way, which I think is more elegant: in
/usr/local/texlive you create a symlink named, e.g. "current", pointing
>to the year you want to use; also, to be on the safe side, you rename
your "texmf-local" folder to something corresponding to the
>texlive year, e.g. "texlive-local-2021", and make "texmf-local" a
symlink to that folder. Then you put the "current" folder in your
>> Now, when you want to switch to another year, you just change the
symlinks to point to the other [year] and texmf-local-[year]
>folders respectively. There is no need to change your path anymore and
the switch is instant!
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