[tex-live] Why is "create symlinks in standard directories" option hidden?
dbitouze at wanadoo.fr
Mon May 20 10:38:50 CEST 2013
Le lundi 20/05/13 à 08h17,
Lars Madsen <daleif at imf.au.dk> a écrit :
> These days there are many Linux users that are just users.
That's why it would be better for him to not enter cryptic:
PATH=/usr/local/texlive/201*/bin/i386-linux:$PATH; export PATH
lines in a cryptic $HOME/.bash_profile *or* $HOME/.profile *or*
$HOME/.cshrc file. This requires for the just user to know:
1. if it system uses Bourne-compatible shells such as bash or csh or
2. what is $HOME,
3. in case of Bourne-compatible shell, which config
file .bash_profile *or* .profile is used.
IMHO, it is much more complicated than letting TL configure symlinks.
The complicated things with them come in the rare cases when:
1. new bin scripts are added: maybe tlmgr could recreate symlinks
silently in this cases,
2. dealing with several TL: not the case for most users and the
commands to run to switch between different TL could be documented in
> They (1) does not understand the symlink concept,
I agree, this should be done silently, as it is almost currently the
case when <L> option is used (ideally it should be done by default
IMHO). After all, I guess many softwares installed by average Linux
users deal silently with symlinks.
> (2) will not understand why care is needed to reinstall or remove TL
> when these symlinks are present.
When TL is removed or reinstalled, the symlinks should be silently
removed or reinstalled by the tlmgr.
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