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Post HOWTO: TeX Live 2008 on FreeBSD

There is no texlive in ports but so we have to manually install it, its generally very simple.

1. Get TeX Live 2008 iso image.

For example texlive2008-20080822.iso, you can find one with texlive2008 keyword on torrents. Then mount it under /mnt directory.
# mdconfig -a -t vnode -f texlive2008-20080822.iso
# mount -t cd9660 /dev/md0 /mnt
2. Start the installer.
# cd /mnt
# ls bin | grep freebsd
# ./install-tl
======================> TeX Live installation procedure <=====================

=======> Note: Letters/digits in <angle brackets> indicate menu items <=======
=======>       for commands or configurable options                   <=======

 Detected platform: Intel x86 with FreeBSD
 <B> binary systems: 1 out of 15

 <S> Installation scheme (scheme-full)
     83 collections out of 84, disk space required: 1720 MB

 Customizing installation scheme:
   <C> standard collections
   <L> language collections

 <D> directories:
   TEXDIR (the main TeX directory):
   TEXMFLOCAL (directory for site-wide local files):
   TEXMFSYSVAR (directory for variable and automatically generated data):
   TEXMFSYSCONFIG (directory for local config):
   TEXMFHOME (directory for user-specific files):

 <O> options:
   [ ] use letter size instead of A4 by default
   [X] create all format files
   [X] install macro/font doc tree
   [X] install macro/font source tree
   [ ] create symlinks in standard directories

 <V> set up for running from DVD

Other actions:
 <I> start installation to hard disk
 <H> help
 <Q> quit

Enter command:
2.1 Read post install message.
 for links to documentation.  The TeX Live web site (http://tug.org/texlive/) 
 contains any updates and corrections.

 TeX Live is a joint project of the TeX user groups around the world;
 please consider supporting it by joining the group best for you. The
 list of groups is available on the web at http://tug.org/usergroups.html.

 Add /usr/local/texlive/2008/texmf/doc/man to MANPATH.
 Add /usr/local/texlive/2008/texmf/doc/info to INFOPATH.
 Most importantly, add /usr/local/texlive/2008/bin/i386-freebsd
 to your PATH for current and future sessions.

 Welcome to TeX Live!
3. Modify your PATH variable.
% cat >> ${YOUR_SHELL_CONFIG} << EOF
export PATH=${PATH}:/usr/local/texlive/2008/bin/i386-freebsd
setenv PATH ${PATH}:/usr/local/texlive/2008/bin/i386-freebsd
% echo ${PATH}
Choose setenv or export suitably to your shell.
My master's thesis built with texlive without any problems and looks the same as the one built using tetex package.

If you would like to get Tex Live 2009, the procedure will be similar I think, but TeX people did nit provided binaries for FreeBSD at 2009 version, so You will need to get these here: http://tug.org/pipermail/tex-live/2009-November/023783.html (thanks to Nikola Lečić)

There is also other way of installing TeX Live, here:
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