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                 ===================================
                 Installation instructions for teTeX        97/10/28
                 ===================================

  Please check _first_ the same file name in the LaTeX sources directory 
and _read_  the given instructions.

Distribution to install: generic French
=======================

Status
======
  teTeX is known to run correctly  with french.

  For Linux RedHat J.F. Monin did a "rpm" you can find at 
  ftp://t-monin.tamaris.tm.fr/gut/tetex-french-4.01-2.i386.rpm
  To install it run: rpm -i tetex-french-4.01-2.i386.rpm

General instructions
====================

  Read Bernard's documentation "ALIRE[.dvi,.ps]" (or README.x in each
directory). And follow the instructions:

  First you have to know that teTeX installs a huge tree of tex related
files under some user configurable directory. It may be /usr/teTeX on
your system, or /usr/texmf depending on your installation.  tetex uses
the kpathsea library for fast file searching, you may have to read its
manual (kpathsea.{info,dvi}) before trying to modify the
installation. We will call in the sequel $texmf the root of your teTeX
tree. you can find it for instance with the command:

> kpsexpand '$TEXMF'

  tetex comes with very usefull programs that help you
localizing which file is actually used on your system. For instance, 

> kpsewhich cnf texmf.cnf 

will tell you where is the configuration file
for all tetex programms actually used on your system.  The script
texhash makes an up to date ls-R database, on which the file searching
engine relies, be sure to run it often (every night with cron, e.g.)
(Warning, the kpsewhich programm from web2c 7 follows a different
incompatible syntax than the one shown here, future versions of tetex
may adopt the new scheme or provide compatibility?)

1- place the french directory under texmf/tex/generic, all applications
   will see the French files.

2- run texhash (will refresh ls-R)

3- localize texmf.cnf as explained above; modify the line defining
   TEXINPUTS.latex so that the french input directory will be searched
   first. This defines value of the TEXINPUT variable that will be used
   by latex, this can't be set as an environment variable, only in
   texmf.cnf, however a ":" in an user environment variable will expand
   to this one like in setenv TEXINPUTS ".:~/tex//:" (default path
   visited last in this exemple). Please do not modify environments
   variables before having carefully read the kpathsea/teTeX documentation.
   with the default texmf.cnf as of version 0.4, the modified variable
   could read:
   TEXINPUTS.latex = $KPSE_DOT:$TEXMFS/tex/{generic/french/inputs,latex,latex209,generic}//:$TEXMFS/tex//

4- because of  a possible incompatibility, you must remove access to
   the babel's language.dat: 
   cd  $texmf/tex/generic/config && mv language.dat language.dat-babel

5- go to directory $TEXMFS/tex/generic/french/inputs. Edit language.dat and 
   update it if necessary, adding or removing languages (and their
   associated hyphenation files).

6- go to directory $TEXMFS/tex/generic/french/initex and edit hyphen.cfg 
   and update it if you want (comment out what you want depending of the 
   explanantions given there, read carefully the comments). 

7- (assuming you are not "root":) first solution use command: texconfig init
   Notice that all formats will be deleted before being recreated, so 
   save them if you are unsure. Thus, consider the alternate solution:

   Build only the latex format from the $texmf/tex/generic/french/initex
   directory, command: initex latex.ltx
   and move latex.fmt where formats reside (the file to override should be
   found with:
   > kpsewhich fmt latex.fmt

8- if you use contrib files, put them in good place.
   Notice that the contrib files and anything below french directory should be
   found. Nevertheless, bibtex or makeindex styles should be placed according
   to their apprpriate search path.

Still waiting for any more specific improved comments for that TeX engine...
thanks to people who will automate that (via author's Makefile.unx).


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