TexLive on FreeBSD 8.1

Roland Smith rsmith at xs4all.nl
Sat Jul 24 20:02:25 UTC 2010

On Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 07:51:55PM +0000, Antonio Olivares wrote:
> Dear folks,
> Sorry to ask about this since this has been beaten to death many
> times, but I *wonder* why FreeBSD does not have TeXLive as default tex
> installation?

TeXLive has a _huge_ list of options, and its own configuration/install
script. I guess that makes it hard to port. 

> Is there a foolproof/idiotproof way of installing TeXLive, even from
> source, that does not require one to have tetex?

I've documented my install (including building the binaries from source) at

I've been using TeXLive on FreeBSD for years without problems.

There are some ports (e.g. auctex for emacs) that require TeX. For those
ports, I  patch their Makefiles to use TeXLive. Below is the patch for
auctex's port Makefile;

----- auctex port patch -----
--- Makefile.orig	2009-07-31 15:55:10.000000000 +0200
+++ Makefile	2009-12-21 16:06:05.000000000 +0100
@@ -16,8 +16,8 @@
 MAINTAINER=	hrs at FreeBSD.org
 COMMENT=	Integrated environment for writing LaTeX using GNU Emacs
@@ -38,8 +38,8 @@
 INFO=		auctex preview-latex
-TEXMFDIR=	share/texmf
-MKTEXLSR=	${LOCALBASE}/bin/mktexlsr
+TEXMFDIR=	texlive/2009/texmf
+MKTEXLSR=	${LOCALBASE}/texlive/2009/bin/amd64-freebsd/mktexlsr
----- auctex port patch -----

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