Installing latest version of LaTeX

Roland Smith rsmith at
Sat Jun 6 07:20:01 UTC 2009

On Sat, Jun 06, 2009 at 07:34:07AM +0100, Glyn Millington wrote:
> bf <bf2006a at> writes:
> >> Thanks for the info.  I'll have to try to install TeX Live.
> >
> > This is not trivial, which is one of the reasons it hasn't been done.
> Well *porting* TeX Live is certainly not trivial!  But actually
> installing it as free-standing software is not too hard.
> Get it from here:
> I find that the live installation over the internet works very well - the
> links are there on the same page. Everything is installed in its own
> directory structure so it is easy to clean out if you need to do so.
> One useful point - in the main menu TeX Live gives the opportunity for the
> installer to create symbolic links to its main programs in standard
> directories. It is so much easier than doing so by hand!!

It is less messy if you just add the path to the TeXLive binaries to the
path element of the default profile in /etc/login.conf:

        :path=/sbin /bin /usr/sbin /usr/bin /usr/games /usr/local/sbin /usr/local/bin /usr/local/texlive/2008/bin/amd64-freebsd ~/bin:\

Also add the location of the manpages to /etc/manpath.config:

OPTIONAL_MANPATH        /usr/local/texlive/2008/texmf/doc/man
MANPATH_MAP     usr/local/texlive/2008/bin/amd64-freebsd        /usr/local/texlive/2008/texmf/doc/man

You should change the paths to match those in your own installation.

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