[tex-live] textlive seems to ignore top of home tree

Khaled Hosny khaledhosny at eglug.org
Fri Jul 16 19:17:10 CEST 2010

On Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 10:00:24AM -0700, hometreetexlive.9.virgilinux at dfgh.net wrote:
> > Why to you want to do so? I recommend you keep the standard
> > layout (see tds.pdf
> > (which you can locate easily by typing "texdoc tds" in a
> > shell)) unless you have
> > a strong reason to deviate from it.
> The belief that if the system cannot find something that is in the "top" (root) directory, it would have even more difficulties to find it in a subdirectory -- wrong in this case -- it is somewhat intuitive,  especially for a not so experienced user. 
> And if one only has a few items in TEXMFHOME (presumably the most common case) a subdirectory structure would seem unnecessary.  
> So, if the administrator can easily reconfigure our texlive system so that it finds both  TEXMFHOME/mypackage.cls and TEXMFHOME/tex/mypackage.cls this could save some users (and possibly help-desk personnel) valuable time  ("latex cannot find my class not matter what I do").

I do second this, I usually have very few stuff in my TEXMFHOME, having
to understand the TDS structure to do a seemingly very simple task like
installing a new OpenType font, seems too much for me.


 Khaled Hosny
 Arabic localiser and member of Arabeyes.org team
 Free font developer

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