freebsd-texlive port

Jamie Paul Griffin jamie at
Wed Oct 10 16:01:49 UTC 2012

[ 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just so outdated, it would be nice if ports could be set up in a way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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