[Announce] Maintained TeXLive (2009 and devel) binaries for FreeBSD-6,7,8 available

Nikola Lečić nikola.lecic at anthesphoria.net
Tue Dec 15 13:46:54 UTC 2009

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Hi Jamie,

Jamie Griffin <jg at koderize.com> wrote
  in <20091215115301.GA81607 at bsdbox.koderize.com>
  on Tue, 15 Dec 2009 11:53:01 +0000:

> Hi there, i'm still using teTeX port and i'm desperate to upgrade to
> something more up-to-date and so made a first attempt yesterday to
> install your binaries but somehow got it wrong, or at least it didn't
> appear to work for me. 
> I extracted them into /usr/local/texlive/2009/bin/i386-freebsd7/ and
> updated my path, which is how I understood it needed to be done from
> reading the README.txt; however, this did not work for me. 

First, make sure that your TeXLive 2009 install is fully done, i.e.
that you installed full distribution from DVD or net. If you did not do
so, please let me know.

Then, your PATH -- as reported by env(1) -- must look like this:


The important thing is to put TeXLive executables before those
installed by ports. This also means that you can safely have both
TeXLive and teTeX on the same system, which is a necessity on many
FreeBSD desktop systems. Also, make sure that PATH is permanently
stored in /etc/csh.cshrc and/or ~/.cshrc (if you use (t)csh), like this:

  setenv PATH /usr/local/texlive/2009/bin/i386-freebsd7:$PATH  

Just to be sure, delete ~/.texlive2009 if you have it.

Then, check if TeXLive executables are visible:

  % which tex

  % tex -v
  TeX 3.1415926 (TeX Live 2009)
  kpathsea version 5.0.0
  Copyright 2009 D.E. Knuth.

  % ls -la `which xelatex`
  lrwxrwxrwx  1 root  wheel  5 Dec 12
  18:24 /usr/local/texlive/2009/bin/i386-freebsd7/xelatex -> xetex

and if kpsewhich sees main configuration files:

  % kpsewhich fmtutil.cnf

Then run a basic test like

  % latex small2e
  % dvips small2e.dvi
  % pstopdf small2e.ps

and check small2e.pdf.

Best wishes,
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