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Re: texinfo-6.7.92 pretest

From: Gavin Smith
Subject: Re: texinfo-6.7.92 pretest
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2021 12:22:03 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.9.4 (2018-02-28)

On Thu, Jul 01, 2021 at 10:03:12AM +0900, Norbert Preining wrote:
> Hi all,
> On Thu, 01 Jul 2021, Gavin Smith wrote:
> > > Have been looking at the `TEXMF=/usr/share/texmf install-tex` problem.  
> > > The
> > > conclusion from installing texinfo has been the difficulty in locating
> > > the correct path for texmf.  We could write more detailed section about 
> > > it.
> [...]
> > > texmf can be installed in a variety of places.  The manual (installation 
> > > part)
> > > should list some of the  possibilities where texmf could reside.
> > 
> > I don't know very much about it, is there documentation for TeX Live
> > etc. that we could refer users to?
> That is really hard to determine, because distributions and TeX Live
> upstream might use completely different locations - not might, *are*
> using ...
> The best option is probably to install into
>       kpsewhich -var-value TEXMFLOCAL
> that is
>       TEXMF=$(kpsewhich -var-value TEXMFLOCAL) install-tex
> Any other directory might get purged, deleted, ignored, whatever by
> distribution package managers (apt, dnf, ...). TEXMFLOCAL is normally
> rather stable.

That's useful to know.  I edited doc/README and added this.  Running make
install refers the user to doc/README so I expect this is enough
documentation of this issue.

I actually don't really understand why we couldn't just install the files
automatically under TEXMFLOCAL but I am taking the word of previous
documentation that trying to install automatically is fraught with
difficulties.  I suspect that TEXMFLOCAL hasn't always existed or doesn't
exist everywhere.  I found old emails discussing whether to use TEXMF or
TEXMFMAIN along with a program called "texconfig" (this was in the context
of tetex which isn't developed anymore).

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