TeX Live 2011

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This page is about the 2011 version of TeX Live. See TeX Live 2010 and TeX Live 2009 for a previous versions.

The ConTeXt in TeX Live 2011 is 2011.05.18 with a few small changes. Both ConTeXt MkII and MkIV work out the box.

The scheme-context installs collection-context and collection-metapost. This brings in quite a few font families, but we did not want to automatically install all font packages, so you may need to install a few by hand with tlmgr.

Running MkII

The English interface for both pdftex and xetex is automatically managed by fmtutil. Just run

 $ texexec <myfile>

to compile documents using pdfTeX, or

 $ texexec --engine=xetex <myfile>

for XeTeX.

Enabling other MkII interfaces

You will need write permissions to TEXMFSYSVAR to enable the other context language interfaces. So if you cannot do the following steps below, point your local administrator to this page and kindly ask him/her to run the commands below for you.

Adding extra context interfaces follows the same rules as for any other local format. The process is a little complicated because the normal fmtutil.cnf may be overwritten by package updates, and therefore a local file has to be created.

1. Look for the commented cont-XX lines in fmtutil.cnf. Use

 $ kpsewhich fmtutil.cnf

to find its exact location. You only need the commented lines, there is no need to copy anything else.

2. Create or edit the file $TEXMFLOCAL/web2c/fmtutil-local.cnf. $TEXMFLOCAL is something like /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local, you can use

 $ kpsewhich --expand-var '$TEXMFLOCAL'

to find the exact location.

3. Put the commented cont-'XX' lines you found in step 1 into the fmtutil-local.cnf file. If you want xetex formats as well, make a copy of each line replacing pdftex with xetex. Then uncomment these lines, save the file, and exit the editor.

After this, the $TEXMFLOCAL/web2c/fmtutil-local.cnf (or the new section of it, if it preexisted) should look like this:

 cont-de pdftex cont-usr.tex -8bit *cont-de.ini
 cont-de xetex cont-usr.tex -8bit *cont-de.ini
 cont-fr pdftex cont-usr.tex -8bit *cont-fr.ini
 cont-fr xetex cont-usr.tex -8bit *cont-fr.ini
 cont-it pdftex cont-usr.tex -8bit *cont-it.ini
 cont-it xetex cont-usr.tex -8bit *cont-it.ini
 cont-nl pdftex cont-usr.tex -8bit *cont-nl.ini
 cont-nl xetex cont-usr.tex -8bit *cont-nl.ini
 cont-ro pdftex cont-usr.tex -8bit *cont-ro.ini
 cont-ro xetex cont-usr.tex -8bit *cont-ro.ini

4. If you created a new file, now run

  # mktexlsr

to make sure the file will be found by the TeX Live system.

5. Now run

  # tlmgr generate fmtutil

This merges the info from the TeX Live distribution with the fmtutil-local.cnf.

6. Now to generate the newly enabled ConTeXt MkII formats, run

  # fmtutil-sys --all

from now on, the extra formats will be auto-renewed whenever context updates are installed via tlmgr.

Running MkIV

Just run

 $ context <myfile>

to compile documents.

Post-installation, any files that are installed via tlmgr will automatically be found. However, because MkIV does not use the kpathsea library, some setup will be required whenever you install new files manually (without using tlmgr). After each such installation, each MkIV user must run:

 context --generate

to refresh the ConTeXt disk cache data.

MkIV cache location

ConTeXt MkIV will read from all paths mentioned in TEXMFCACHE (whose value in TeX Live is $TEXMSYSVAR;$TEXMFVAR) and writes to the first path in that list that is writable.

TEXMFVAR in standard TeX Live is ~/.texlive2011/texmf-var (in MacTeX: ~/Library/texlive/2011/texmf-var), so this is where the file cache will be stored for ordinary users. If you are unhappy with that, you can set the environment variable TEXMFCACHE to your preferred location.

While reading, the last found match will take precedence in the case of duplicated cache data.

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