var vs. ro data in TDS

Joachim Schrod
Wed, 18 Oct 1995 20:02:33 +0100 (MEZ)

Karl wrote:
>     A (more-or-less) standard place (i.e., subtree) for generated fonts
>     would be a Good Thing. 
> Where do you suggest?


due to established practice... ;-)

>     And for Unix systems we should note that this
>     place is often a symlink in a /var area.
> I don't see why we should recommend generated fonts be kept separately
> from ``original'' fonts. It might be useful at some sites; but it isn't
> everywhere.

Of course, as personal boxes are the most prominent situation, it
won't be used at most sites. But I think that almost all non-personal
installations will mount the texmf-tree from somewhere in read-only
mode (it's faster than read-write). Then fonts/tmp/pk/ is typically a
symlink to somewhere else, why not to /var/texmf/fonts/pk/ on Unix

And isn't /var/texmf/web2c/texmf.cnf a good place for a config file
augmenting a CD installation with a local tree?

I admit that this discussion is Unix-centric, in case of a CD
installation on a Windoof PC we won't have symlinks.


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Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany