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Kpathsea: A library for path searching

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2.2.3 Changing search paths

If the search paths for your installation differ from the standard TeX directory structure (see section `Introduction' in A Directory Structure for TeX files), edit the file `kpathsea/texmf.in' as desired, before running configure. For example, if you have all your fonts or macros in one big directory.

You may also wish to edit the file `mktex.cnf', either before or after installation, to control various aspects of mktexpk and friends. See section `mktex' configuration.

You do not need to edit `texmf.in' to change the default top-level or other installation directories (only the paths). You can and should do that when you run configure (next step).

You also do not need to edit `texmf.in' if you are willing to rely on `texmf.cnf' at runtime to define the paths, and let the compile-time default paths be incorrect. Usually there is no harm in doing this.

The section below explains default generation in more detail. Default path features Default path generation  

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