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Re: (Not) Moving all stuff to TEXMFDIST

[ CCing relevant tetex-bin bug #350992 ]

On Sat, Feb 18, 2006 at 11:09 +0100, Norbert Preining wrote:

> Well, so trivial it is unfortunately not. tcfmgr is searched in
> TEXMFMAIN, which will for sure break also in tetex.

That is problematic indeed. One could change the way tcfmgr is searched,
but I am not sure it is worth it.
> In fact on second thought I don't think that we should *really* do this.
> Other Debian packages can override other latex/tex packages, but they
> should not be able to hide so-to-say system stuff.

I don't know what texlive installs in TEXMFMAIN. For tetex-bin we have

* some mktex* scripts and option files web2c

* pool files 

* dvips header files

* tcfmgr and related files

* pixmaps and configuration files for xdvi

As you noted, tcfmgr is explicitly searched in TEXMFMAIN. I am not sure
about the mktex* scripts. Everything else should be possible to replace.
Although the system would break badly if one where to replace the pool
files without replacing the binaries. And if somebody provides a package
with a more recent pdfTeX, it probably would be cleaner if /both/ binary
and pool file were diverged.


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