[tex-live] clash on $HOME/.texmf-var/web2c between TL2005 and other packages

George White aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca
Sun Aug 7 13:20:50 CEST 2005

I'm testing TL2005 on Redhat Fedora Core 4 with Redhat's tetex.  Both packages
create generated formats in $HOME/.texmf-var/web2c, so when the .pool files
differ you get errors when switching between packages.  I'm used to switching
between TeX packages pretty dynamically using environment modules to manage the
PATH setting.  The simple fix is to change texmf.cnf to use something like
$HOME/.tl2005/texmf-var, etc.

It is important that TL2005 play nicely with tetex-3 because some packages have
dependencies on tetex-3 (to format documentation).

George N. White III
Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia

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