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Description of problem:
This is a known bug, see http://www.tug.org/texinfohtml/kpathsea.html#Unable-to-find-files, the 3rd bullet.
To repeat briefly, if a directory d being searched for subdirectories contains plain files and symbolic links to other directories, but no true subdirectories, d will be considered a leaf directory, i.e., the symbolic links will not be followed. You can work around this problem by creating an empty dummy subdirectory in d. Then d will no longer be a leaf, and the symlinks will be followed.
I haven't looked at the actual code for this part, but there is one line in this page http://www.tug.org/texinfohtml/kpathsea.html#Subdirectory-expansion reading "You can disable the trick by undefining UNIX_ST_LINK in kpathsea/config.h. (It is undefined by default except under Unix.)" So I guess the quick fix is to disable UNIX_ST_LINK on Fedora Core.
However, if the search performance is the main concern, the code for kpathsea has to be modified. I don't have a solution.
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Steps to Reproduce:
1. See the description
I'm not sure whether the undefinition of UNIX_ST_LINK will help somehow as I
grepped all teTeX sources, including kpathsea and found no checks or definitions
of this macro in teTeX-3.0 and teTeX-2.0.2 at all.
I found the UNIX_ST_LINK macro is only noted in the documentation...
Ok, closing NOTABUG, because of teh reason in comment #1.