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Date:      Wed, 10 Oct 2012 19:11:50 +0200
From:      Joe Gain <>
Subject:   Re: freebsd-texlive port
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This is not constructive criticism, but just to give voice to how
great it would be if texlive could become an official port of freebsd,
integrated into the ports system!!!

On Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 6:01 PM, Jamie Paul Griffin <> wrote:
> [ Polytropon wrote on Wed 10.Oct'12 at 17:49:25 +0200 ]
>> On Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:01:44 +0100, Jamie Paul Griffin wrote:
>> > If you prefer, you can just use the download dvd or netinstall from the
>> > texlive website. They have provided binaries for FreeBSD. I installed
>> > the full TeX distribution myself just the other week on FreeBSD 9. So no
>> > need to use the ports system if you don't want.
>> The only remaining problem will be dependencies within the
>> port management system, e. g. ports requiring a TeX distribution
>> which defaults to teTeX...
>> By the way, would it be possible or desired to introduce a
>> setting to /etc/make.conf regarding _which_ TeX distribution
>> to use, e. g. WITH_TEX=texlive (will install TeXlive) or
>> WITH_TEX=teTeX (will install teTeX) if a dependency of TeX
>> is requested?
> That's a very good point. I recall installing something from ports the
> other day that needed the binary mktexlsr, and I pointed it at my texlive
> installation by adding the $PATH to root's shell file, but it didn't
> work out. I had to let it install the tetex port for it to work. I don't
> mind having more than one TeX distribution on the system but tetex is
> just so outdated, it would be nice if ports could be set up in a way
> that they can use texlive if the user has it installed, either from the
> ports collection itself or from the main texlive site as I have.
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