[OS X TeX] Unix, sudo and mpm

Alan Munn amunn at msu.edu
Wed Dec 13 07:00:59 EST 2006

At 12:06 PM +0100 12/13/06, Alex Hamann wrote:
>Setting the installation directory
>The installation directory is the root of a TDS-compliant TEXMF 
>directectory hierarchy. The location of the installation directory 
>is determined by the configure script.
>The --install-root option lets you set the installation directory at 
>run-time. For example, the following command installs the package 
>database files in your home TEXMF:
>>  sudo mpm --install-root=~/texmf --update-db
>(end quote)
>Here the texmf in my home directory is mentioned. Does this mean, 
>that when I run this command all packages will from then on be 
>installed in the texmf folder of my home directory (= the home 
>directory of the sudoer)? This I clearly would like to avoid since 
>the sudoer is not my normal user account from where I run my tex.

No, it will behave as you want.  If you specify the --install-root 
option when you run mpm, it will install it anywhere you like.  So if 
you wanted to install something *just* in your local texmf tree you 
could, using this option.  If you leave it out, (which you would 
normally) it will install in the default directory (which should be 
/... texmf.local)


Alan Munn 
amunn at msu.edu
Department of Linguistics                             
and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages   Fax.  +1-517-432-2736
Michigan State University, East Lansing MI 48824       Tel.  +1-517-355-7491

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