[tex-live] TL and texmf-local

Peter Flynn peter@silmaril.ie
Mon, 18 Mar 2002 14:12:12 +0000

Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 18, 2002 at 12:27:15AM +0000, Peter Flynn wrote:
>>I didn't know it did that because it would never have occurred to
>>me in a billion years to seek references to texmf.local in VARTEXMF
>>when there was a variable called TEXMFLOCAL. With respect, this
>>sounds like a highly suboptimal piece of naming: VARTEXMF implies the
>>use of /var for perpetually growing/shrinking stuff like bitmaps
>>of fonts.
> yes, its odd, isnt it. still, its what we have inherited. VARTEXMF
> is for system configuration, TEXMFLOCAL is for local additions.

Now you've got me thoroughly confused. I *was talking about* local
additions: fonts/macros/packages the user adds to her installation.
Stuff that goes in .../texmf.local

You seemed to be implying that this stuff is referenced in texmf.cnf
as VARTEXMF. If so, what is TEXMFLOCAL used for?