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Re: system command

From: John W. Eaton
Subject: Re: system command
Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 08:04:08 -0500

On 17-May-2001, I wrote:

| OK, here is what is happening.  Octave and teTeX both use the
| kpathsearch library, and that library has some TeX-specific things in
| it.  One thing it does is add some variables to the environment when
| it is initialized.  So when Octave starts, it adds values for the
| following variables
| that are not appropriate for TeX.

Oops.  This is not quite correct.  Kpathsearch adds the first three,
but Octave actually adds the last one (in initialize_pathsearch in
src/ so that the kpathsearch library can find Octave's ls-R

Hmm.  I think the only good solution is to fix the kpathsearch library
so that it can be initialized without doing TeX-specific stuff, and to
not rely only on environment variables to get this kind of


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