TeX Live 2017
fully supports FreeBSD (i386 and amd64). To install it, you need just Perl. To use its graphical user interface (recommended), you need x11-toolkits/p5-Tk
- All binaries are compiled to work on every FreeBSD >= 7.1, including 12-CURRENT.
- The following binaries need the basic X.Org and font-related libraries, which should be present on your system if you have any graphical environment:
mf (symlinked to it: inimf),
mflua (symlinked to it: mflua-nowin),
mfluajit (symlinked to it: mfluajit-nowin),
xdvi-xaw (usually accessed via xdvi) and
xetex (symlinked to it: xelatex.
From 2009 to 2012 I used to provide full Te
X Live support for systems older than 7.1. Please follow the links in the header for more info if you use such a system or need them for any other purpose.
2. FreeBSD-specific changes in 2017[top]
There is no FreeBSD-specific changes this year.
3. Official TeX Live release vs. FreeBSD TeX Live port[top]
X Live is available through FreeBSD ports system. You can choose what suits you better. However, there are several advantages of using the original Te
X Live distribution:
- the official TeX Live release remains the only way to easily install and use biber (the next-generation Unicode-aware biblatex backend ‒ relies on many newer-than-ported and not-yet-ported Perl modules) and xindy (the next-generation Unicode-aware indexing system);
- you can maintain multiple versions of TeX Live in parallel;
- you can keep TeX Live installation decoupled from other ports, and thus untouched after major FreeBSD releases;
- you can maintain your TeX packages independently of ports and install updates immediately after they are released.
- at the time of TeX Live 2017 release (the beginning of June 2017), the port lags behind significantly, offering TeX Live 2015.
4. Technical details[top]
- TeX Live 2017 sources (SVN r44338) are built with --disable-dvisvgm --disable-dialog in clean jail(8)s (__FreeBSD_version 702106),
with a minimal number of ports installed with their dependencies; these are
- The sources are built using gcc-4.2.1 and clisp-2.49.
- upmendex is built with -DU_IS_BIG_ENDIAN=0 in order to make it working on i386 (cf. this thread on TeX Live mailing list).
- xdvi-xaw is built with static library linking in order to make it portable.
- dvisvgm is not updated this year and TeX Live 2016 version (1.15.1) is shipped. The new version has C++11 requirement, so we had to choose between an absolute portability of all binaries (and thus keeping the old building system one more year) and a close-to-zero risk of using a slightly outdated dvisvgm.
Please report any FreeBSD-related problem with official Te
X Live release to email@example.com mailing list
and/or to me
Last updated: 04 June 2017