SVN: trunk kpse still in 2020

Karl Berry karl at
Thu May 13 01:05:20 CEST 2021

Hi Johannes,


Hey, me too :).

    I know that this is severe abuse of the SVN structure, 

Not abuse as far as I'm concerned.

    Accordingly, during format creation, fmtutil rightfully crazes out
    and reminds me that I'll have to use fmtutil-user instead of

FWIW, personally I just let mktexfmt do the work
for this "run TeX out of svn" situation.

    Now my question: I was wondering why TeXLive *2021* still stores its
    formats, logs, etc. to ~/.texlive2020/ ? 

I don't know why it is happening for you. Maybe you have old
texmf.cnf values that are getting in the way? Or environment variables?
svn not updated?
kpsewhich -a texmf.cnf?
kpsewhich -var-value TEXMFVAR? 

    TL2021, when regularly installed via tlmgr, refers to ~/.texlive2021/
    as expected.

Indeed, the Master/texmf-dist/web2c/texmf.cnf that's in svn does have
.texlive2021. You can look in your svn checkout and see :).

--best, karl.

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