[OS X TeX] sharing texmf trees between OS X and linux

Thomas A. Schmitz thomas.schmitz at uni-bonn.de
Mon Mar 27 02:48:36 EST 2006

I'm not sure if this is the right venue to ask this question, but  
then, I have no clue what could be the right venue. I have a double- 
boot system on my iBook, with a Fedora Core 5 system on 1 partition  
and OS X 10.4.5 on the other. Since space is a bit scarce on this  
rather old iBook, I was trying to share texmf-trees across the  
different systems, and I run into a problem that I remember I was  
experiencing before, on a gentoo system: I can mount the OS X  
partitions in linux and read and write to them without a problem, so  
I placed symlinks into the linux partition that point to the texmf- 
trees in OS X. TeX, i.e., kpsewhich basically finds the files there  
UNLESS the directories are nested too deeply. As an example, in  
linux, I have a symlink ~/texmf which points to /mnt/osx/Users/tas/ 
Library/texmf. kpsewhich will find ~/texmf/fonts/tfm/foo.tfm, but it  
will not find ~/texmf/fonts/tfm/adobe/garamond/foo.tfm. Does anybody  
have any experience with this? I have no idea if this is a problem  
with kpsewhich or with the hfsplus drivers in linux.

One piece of information may be relevant: in Fedora, TeX would at  
first be set up to create ls-R files in HOMETEXMF as well. I looked  
at the ls-R, and it contained, as far as I could see, all the  
filenames. But whenever I called TeX, there was an error message that  
"the ls-R database contains no useable entries" or something to that  

Any pointers would be appreciated. I receive the digests, so please  
cc me when replying.

Thanks, and best

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