Installing LATEX 2001
Michel Goossens , IT/API
The TEX system installed at CERN is the TeXlive 4 distribution (June 1999). Since this release is well over two years old I have installed TeXlive 7 (November 2001) on AFS.
To have access to this release, on Linux add the directory /afs/cern.ch/sw/TeXlive/tl7/bin/i386-linux and on Solaris the directory below to your PATH variable: /afs/cern.ch/sw/TeXlive/tl7/bin/sparc-solaris2.7
For this release LATEX is compiled in its "huge" variant and comes with the hyphenation patterns of over twenty languages preloaded, as shown below.
> PATH=/afs/cern.ch/sw/TeXlive/tl7/bin/i386-linux:$PATH > export PATH > latex This is TeX, Version 3.14159 (Web2C 126.96.36.199) **\relax LaTeX2e <2001/06/01> Loading CZ hyphenation patterns: Pavel Sevecek, v3, 1995 Loading SK hyphenation patterns: Jana Chlebikova, 1992 Babel <v3.7h> and hyphenation patterns for english, dumylang, nohyphenation, czech, slovak, german, ngerman, danish, spanish, catalan, finnish, french, ukenglish, greek, croatian, hungarian, italian, latin, mongolian, dutch, norwegian, polish, portuguese, russian, ukrainian, serbocroat, swedish, loaded.
On NICE2000 this release is available in the dfs directory \\cern.ch\dfs\Experiments\sw\texlive in the folder tl7. If you map the above dfs directory to your "T drive", then to run the TEX-related programs on NICE 2000 you should add the binary directory to your Path environment variable using the following procedure:
Settings - Control Panel - Double click on System - Choose "Advanced" tab - Click on "Environment Variables..." - Go into lower frame - Move down until you see "Path" variable - select it and click on "Edit..." - add T:\tl7\bin\win32; to end of path and OK
Now you should be able to use latex, dvips, etc. directly (they will automatically be found on the "T drive"). Early next year I plan to make available a procedure to install the files locally on your hard disk, together with other interesting TE-related tools.
Note that new versions of TEX are only made available on Linux, Solaris, and NICE2000. The other Unix (and Windows platforms) being "frozen" and will no longer be upgraded. Hence they will stay with the release of June 1999.
About the author(s): Michel Goossens is a CERN authority on LATEX, XML and Electronic Document Publishing techniques in general. He has written several articles and books on the subject.