How can I install packages for system-wide use, but without requiring the
ls-R database to be updated?
The texlive documentation indicates that user specific packages should be placed in
TEXMFHOME while packages for multiple users should be placed in
TEXMFLOCAL (both of which are organized by the TeX Directory Structure (TDS)).
On your system, these locations can be found by using
kpsewhich (they are configured as part of the installation, not just as environmental variables):
kpsewhich -expand-var '$TEXMFHOME' kpsewhich -expand-var '$TEXMFLOCAL'
As pointed out in this answer, the
TEXMFHOME solution does not require the
ls-R database to be updated: packages can just be added here and they will be found.
TEXMFLOCAL location, however, requires that
texhash) be run to update the
ls-R database (which must be done as
root if permissions are properly set).
Is there a similar location to
TEXMFHOME that does not require an
ls-R database for system-wide use?
The use case is that a user on a shared system maintains a package that we host in
TEXMFLOCAL. Whenever they change the names of files, the local
ls-R database needs to be updated by an administrator. How can we allow the user to modify the package – including changing file names if needed – without requiring an admin to update
I realize that there will be a performance hit if the database is not used, a separate tree should probably be used. Also, I am sure that the settings for
TEXMFLOCAL could probably be adjusted (by removing it from the
TEXMFDBS?) to obviate the need for
ls-R, but I am looking for a "standard" solution that meshes with the documented
texlive system behaviour.