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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2004 1:08 pm    Post subject: Gentoo and LaTeX - why do we use teTeX? Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

I must admit that I'm neither a LaTeX-Internals-Expert nor a Linux-Compile-Guru .. but I was just wondering why Gentoo provides only teTeX as LaTeX-distribution. Of course, there does not seem to exist any other Linux-LaTeX-Distribution .. and it is admittedly really fast and easy to configure .. but it seems to me, that it's sometimes(i.e. some parts are) rather outdated and I'm not sure where to install extra packages [especially newer versions of packages included in teTeX], so they aren't copied over by any newer version of teTeX (should there ever be one).

So the question ist: There ist a complete LaTeX-Source-Archive available on CTAN (www.ctan.org) and there is a powerful source-package-management-tool (named Portage) - why can't we use portage to make install own tailored-to-our-needs LaTeX? (installing packages/fonts/parts of LaTeX transparently via portage?)

I mean, using prepackaged software like teTeX is somehow contrary to the Gentoo-approach .. isn't it?

As I said, I'm no expert and I could be seriously mistaken in several ways - but then tell me :-)

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2004 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

submit your ebuild :)
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2004 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose, I should have mentioned it beforehand: At the moment I have neither time nor skill to write an ebuild for that. Actually, at the moment, I do not even have access to a computer with gentoo on it.

The question was intended more like:
Has anybody yet considered something like this?
Is there anybody with enough understanding of tex internals (and portage) to tell me, if it is possible (or desirable?)
Has anybody tried something like this?
Is there anybody who would like something like this?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2004 10:51 am    Post subject: Re: Gentoo and LaTeX - why do we use teTeX? Reply with quote

Hi,

just create a $HOME/texmf and put all the CTAN stuff you need in there. The directory structure is the same as in /usr/share/texmf/ if you're unsure.

After installing new packages in your own texmf-tree you have to run

Code:
texconfig rehash


to rehash your new packages.

Because TeX searches first in your $HOME/texmf you even need not to uninstall packages already in /usr/share/texmf.

Happy TeXing,
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2004 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks very much! This is exactly the answer I needed :-)
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-250310.html
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

enfant terrible wrote:
https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-250310.html



Moved to dups.
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