cygport patches for TeX Live

Ken Brown
Fri Dec 19 13:19:00 GMT 2014

On 12/18/2014 8:11 AM, Ken Brown wrote:
> On 12/18/2014 3:22 AM, Achim Gratz wrote:
>> I don't really like the idea of using /etc directly for this, what if
>> every package starts doing that?  If /usr/share/<package>/postinstall
>> doesn't work, we should at least create a subdirectory in /etc for this
>> purpose.
> I used /etc/texmf because that directory is already created by TeX Live and is
> used for various configuration files.  But I'm not wedded to that.  If we want
> to settle on a standard place for packages to put postinstall marker files, I'll
> go with whatever the consensus is.

I just took a look at the FHS 
(, and it strikes me 
that /var/lib/<package> might be a good place for marker files.  It seems to fit 
better than /etc/<package> or /usr/share/<package>.

So I could use /var/lib/texmf/postinstall for TeX Live postinstall markers. 
Note that /var/lib/texmf is already created and used by TeX Live for other data. 
  In the TeX Live internals, this directory is $TEXMFSYSVAR, whereas /etc/texmf 

$ kpsewhich -var-value=TEXMFSYSVAR

$ kpsewhich -var-value=TEXMFSYSCONFIG


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