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

hometreetexlive.9.virgilinux at dfgh.net hometreetexlive.9.virgilinux at dfgh.net
Fri Jul 16 20:54:39 CEST 2010

--- On Fri, 7/16/10, Karl Berry - karl at freefriends.org <+hometreetexlive+virgilinux+ba22cd1a74.karl#freefriends.org at spamgourmet.com> wrote:

> From: Karl Berry - karl at freefriends.org <+hometreetexlive+virgilinux+ba22cd1a74.karl#freefriends.org at spamgourmet.com>
> Subject: Re: [tex-live] textlive seems to ignore top of home tree (hometreetexlive: message 3 of 9)
> To: hometreetexlive.9.virgilinux at dfgh.net, tex-live at tug.org
> Date: Friday, July 16, 2010, 7:39 PM
> I am sympathetic to these views for a
> small TEXMFHOME where you can just
> dump everything into the top-level directory (or arbitrary
> subdirectories).
> However, TEXMFHOME itself is already being used by other
> people for very
> large trees.  We can't just change the way it's
> defined without messing
> them up.

Sorry, but I am unable to follow you.

What I have in mind is to _optionally_ (if the administrator wants) configure the system so that it finds stuff at the top (root) of the home tree, *as well as* in the subdirectories. 

That is, it would find *both*:
TEXMFHOME/tex/mypack.cls (as it does now)
but also
Those who have a large TEXMFHOME with the recommended subdirectory structure would see NO change in functionality whatsoever... their stuff would be found in the usual way, as now.

On the other hand, those who won't bother with subdirectories (b/c they only have a few items in TEXMFHOME or for any other reason, valid or not) would also have their stuff found.

Of course the system administrator could still choose not to allow  the system to search the top of TEXMFHOME if for some reason s/he thinks that is better. 

I see no one losing.


> Adding another tree which looks for anything anywhere seems
> like the
> only viable option, and I don't want to make that big of a
> change now.
> Maybe next time.
> karl


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