[tex-live] Problems with local /texmf on ntfs

Felix Kupprat kupprat at googlemail.com
Thu Jun 18 00:37:23 CEST 2009

George N. White III wrote:
> 2009/6/17 Zdenek Wagner <zdenek.wagner at gmail.com>:
>> 2009/6/17 Felix Kupprat <kupprat at googlemail.com>:
>>> Dear everyone! I have the following problem customizing my texlive
>>> installation:
>>> I want to include a personal texmf directory that lies on a ntfs partition
>>> that is not the partition of the texlive installation. The installation-path
>>> is /usr/local/texlive/
>>> I have added the path to the custom directory to
>>> /usr/local/texlive/2008/texmf.cnf:
>>> TEXMFDATEN = /media/Data/Dateien/miktexpersonal//
>> You should not have the two slashes at the end here, they will be
>> added later in the definition of TEXINPUT.* variables.
> I did some experiments with a texmf-local tree located on an NTFS partition,
> (mounted on Ubuntu 8.10), and added as TEXMFMPM = /media/Vista/texmf-local
> $ kpsewhich -var-value TEXMF
> {/home/gwhite/.texlive2008/texmf-config,/home/gwhite/.texlive2008/texmf-var,/home/gwhite/texmf,!!/usr/local/texlive/2008/texmf-config,!!/usr/local/texlive/2008/texmf-var,!!/usr/local/texlive/2008/texmf,!!/usr/local/texlive/texmf-cont,!!/media/Vista/texmf-local//,!!/usr/local/texlive/2008/texmf-local,!!/usr/local/texlive/2008/texmf-dist}
> I did not encounter the problem with or without trailing '//' and
> leading '!!'.   Here is with both:
> $ mkdir -p /media/Vista/texmf-local/tex/latex/dai/bbx/
> $ touch /media/Vista/texmf-local/tex/latex/dai/bbx/dai.bbx
> $ mktexlsr /media/Vista/texmf-local
> mktexlsr: Updating /media/Vista/texmf-local/ls-R...
> mktexlsr: Done.
> $ mkdir -p ~/texmf/tex/latex/dai/bbx/
> $ touch ~/texmf/tex/latex/dai/bbx/dai.bbx
> $ kpsewhich  dai.bbx
> /home/gwhite/texmf/tex/latex/dai/bbx/dai.bbx
> $ rm ~/texmf/tex/latex/dai/bbx/dai.bbx
> $ kpsewhich  dai.bbx
> /media/Vista/texmf-local/tex/latex/dai/bbx/dai.bbx
> I get the same answer after deleteing the trialing './/', leading
> '!!', and ls-R file.
>>> TEXMF =
>>> This solution does not work completely. The file
>>> ./miktexpersonal/bibtex/bst/biblatex/biblatex.bst is found running tex using
>>> the biblatex package.
>>> However, the files ./miktexpersonal/tex/latex/biblatex/bbx/authoryear.bbx
>>> and the custom style ./miktexpersonal/tex/latex/dai/bbx/dai.bbx can not be
>>> found.
>>> Copying the whole folder like it is to my home directory and modifying the
>>> entry in the texmf.cnf everything works fine. I have tried various
>>> debug-commands that I found in the kpahsea-documentation, but they didn't
>>> actually help me (for a post of the output and discussion (in german) see
>>> http://www.golatex.de/viewtopic,p,10756.html#10756).
>>> As everything works fine with the same directory-structure in my
>>> home-directory, I suppose that there is some incompatibility with the ntfs
>>> format of the other partition. Files are not compressed and don't make
>>> problems under Linux. Has anyone any idea what I have done wrong or how I
>>> can solve the problem? Tank You!
>>> System Information:
>>> Ubuntu 9.04
>>> texlive 2008
>>> editor: Lyx 1.6.2
>>> Why I want to do this? I have a MikTeX 2.7 installation and Windows XP on
>>> the same system and want to use the same custom texmf on both systems. As
>>> Windows doesn't read the EXT partition of the linux installation, the
>>> directory has to be put on a windows-compatible partition.
> Perfectly reasonable thing to try, but I tend not to trust NTFS, so I
> don't do this myself.  Is there perhaps an 'ls-R' file created by some
> windows program?  If not, do things work bettter after
> adding the 'ls-R' using linux?

There is no ls-R except the one I created in Linux. The file is found in

(entry in /media/data/dateien/miktexpersonal/ls-R)

However, I don't get any output for kpsewhich dai.bbx.

Another file (also included in ls-R)


is found by tex running it on a file referring to the biblatex package:

Package: biblatex 2009/01/10 v0.8c programmable bibliographies

However, kpsewhich biblatex.sty doesn't give any output.

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