[tex-live] Where is the root dir of my Tex Live installation

Gerald Pechoc ubuntu at pechoc.eu
Sat Nov 16 09:59:59 CET 2013

Please, what is eqivs stuff?


On 2013-11-16 08:24, Lars Madsen wrote:
> Sounds reasonable regarding the linking.
> The thing I'd like to see in TL is some script or what ever that will
> take care if the equivs stuff (or how ever you are doing that trick).
> There are many Ubuntu vanilla TL users, and most of them find the equivs
> stuff confusing (even though, the recipe on Tug.org is easy to follow)
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> -----Original Message-----
> *From:* Scott Kostyshak [skostysh at lyx.org]
> *Received:* lørdag, 16 nov. 2013, 3:38
> *To:* Lars Madsen [daleif at imf.au.dk]
> *CC:* ubuntu at pechoc.eu [ubuntu at pechoc.eu]; tex-live at tug.org
> [tex-live at tug.org]
> *Subject:* Re: [tex-live] Where is the root dir of my Tex Live installation
> Hi Lars,
> Thanks for the comments. See my responses in-line.
> On Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 5:59 PM, Lars Madsen <daleif at imf.au.dk> wrote:
>> Scott, I noticed that you mention on the Web page at it installs or at least
>> links the installation where Ubuntu would have installed it.
>> Then what when people want to uninstaller? Fx we do not really encourage
>> users to use the "link into usual places" feature because people tend to
>> forget they made them and end up in a lot of mess.
> I'm surprised that no one has put a feature request for an uninstaller
> yet. However, I don't see how the linking in particular poses a
> problem. The uninstaller would just delete the link. Let me explain
> more the purpose of the linking. I'm not trying to fool Ubuntu into
> thinking that TeX Live is in the same location as it would have been
> if installed from the repositories. I'm informing TeX Live (the manual
> install) of the location where many auxiliary LaTeX packages would be
> installed with an "apt-get". Please let me know if you want more of an
> explanation or if you have suggestions for how to improve things
> (perhaps you are suggesting that not doing the linking at all would be
> an improvement?).
> The following is what the linking does:
> if [ "${LINK_UBUNTU}" = 1 ]; then
>      cd "$(kpsewhich -var-value TEXMFLOCAL)/tex/"
>      ln -s "/usr/share/texmf/tex/" "UbuntuTexDir"
> fi
>> Other than that interesting idea.
>> Please consider submitting some of this to the tl project to make life
>> easier for (some) users.
> I'm happy to work with anyone. However, I think that install-tl-ubuntu
> and the TeX Live project have different goals. My interpretation (and
> I wouldn't be surprised if I misunderstood something here) is that the
> TeX Live project wants to encourage users to have a non-automated and
> flexible TeX Live installation, which should be done after reading the
> TeX Live Guide, or perhaps only the Quick install guide. I think this
> is the correct approach and would not want things to be different.
> There are also the TeX Live packages in the Ubuntu repository but I
> don't know if those are encouraged or not.
> My goals with install-tl-ubuntu are automation and simplicity, at the
> cost of some hackishness and assumptions (although install-tl-ubuntu
> does provide a fair amount of options, doing a manual install is far
> more flexible). I think this approach is less "correct" but is liked
> by many users of Ubuntu who do not want to spend the time reading and
> understanding the installation steps and are just looking for
> something that pretty much works and that integrates with other parts
> of Ubuntu (e.g. apt); or are looking for something that can be put on
> autopilot.
> I am very interested in any feedback and suggestions. I know little
> about TeX Live and proper installation. Despite this lack of
> expertise, I continue to suggest the install-tl-ubuntu script as an
> option to consider because the feedback that I've gotten is that it
> has indeed made things simple for users.
> Thanks again for your comments,
> Scott

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