Bug 55286 - HOMETEXMF not activated in texmf.cnf
Summary: HOMETEXMF not activated in texmf.cnf
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Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: tetex   
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Version: 7.1
Hardware: i686 Linux
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Assignee: Tim Waugh
QA Contact: David Lawrence
Depends On: 55621
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2001-10-29 09:25 UTC by Christian Mondrup
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:37 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-11-09 16:35:25 UTC
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Red Hat Product Errata RHEA-2001:166 normal SHIPPED_LIVE Updated teTeX packages available 2001-12-11 05:00:00 UTC

Description Christian Mondrup 2001-10-29 09:25:07 UTC
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Description of problem:
In tetex configuration file /usr/share/texmf/web2c/texmf.cnf the
environment The environment HOMETEXMF is commented out as is also the case
with its integration into the general environment TEXMF. This is no problem
for users with root privileges. But other users will not be able to define
their 'private' texmf trees without assistance from sysadm. Hence (at
least) the lines

%   HOMETEXMF = $HOME/texmf



should be activated. Alternatively this environment definition could be


allowing non-root users to build private tree structured texmf-s

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. mkdir $HOME/texmf
2. create some file $HOME/texmf/foo.tex
3. texhash $HOME/texmf
4. create another file $HOME/bar.tex containing '\input foo'
6. run tex $HOME/bar.tex

Actual Results:  TeX reports this error

This is TeX, Version 3.14159 (Web2C 7.3.1)
! I can't find file `foo'.
l.1 \input foo

Expected Results:  TeX should have processed the content of

Additional info:

Comment 1 Tim Waugh 2001-10-29 10:29:11 UTC
I tried this:


and also this:


I got "I can't find file `foo'" with both variations.  What am I doing wrong?

Comment 2 Tim Waugh 2001-10-29 10:37:24 UTC
Oh, it should be

1. mkdir -p $HOME/texmf/tex
2. create some file $HOME/texmf/tex/foo.tex
3. texhash $HOME/texmf
4. create another file $HOME/bar.tex containing '\input foo'
5. run tex $HOME/bar.tex


Comment 3 Christian Mondrup 2001-10-29 12:05:37 UTC
My main point is that at installation /usr/share/texmf/web2c/texmf.cnf should
have the environment HOMETEXMF defined and included into the main TeX
environment TEXMF. As it is now the lines containing these environment
definitions are commented out. 

If HOMETEXMF is defined and included into TEXMF then a user with no root
priviliges will be able to successfully do what I describe under 'Steps to
Reproduce'. An example of a 'private' texmf tree could be the TeX files
belonging to the music typesetting macros 'MusiXTeX'. See my HOWTO for MusiXTeX
unix users

Comment 4 Christian Mondrup 2001-10-29 12:09:50 UTC
Oops - I forgot to add that in connection with 'Steps to Reproduce' the command
'texhash $HOME/texmf' should be run between step 4 and 5.

Comment 5 Christian Mondrup 2001-11-09 16:04:42 UTC
Am I supposed to supply further information? I've received a message concerning
this bug twice with an interval of a week.

Comment 6 Tim Waugh 2001-11-09 16:11:09 UTC
No.  I updated it to mark it as depending on another bug that was preventing 
the tetex bug from building in our build system.  That's now fixed (which 
probably generated the second mail).

The current package sets HOMETEXMF and also TEXMFLOCAL (to 
/usr/local/share/texmf).  I'll close this bug report when the package shows up 
in rawhide.

Comment 7 Christian Mondrup 2001-11-09 16:33:47 UTC
What you write concerning the settings of HOMETEXMF and TEXMFLOCAL _could_ be
read such that both environments are now defined as /usr/local/share/texmf. I
Hope I misunderstand you :-) and that HOMETEXMF is defined as $HOME/texmf

Comment 8 Tim Waugh 2001-11-09 16:35:19 UTC
Of course.

Comment 9 Tim Waugh 2001-11-12 22:27:18 UTC
Fixed in tetex-1.0.7-36.3.

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