> 1. I can't get my path commands to stick. When I issue
> export PATH=$PATH:/usr/TeX/bin/i386-linux
> I have to reissue it each time I log in and sometimes more often. I have 
> issued this command as root, and the problem still wont go away;

environment variables are only passed to child processes on UNIX, never
to parent processes. Put this setting into your private ~/.profile or
/etc/profile to make it permanent.

> 2. mktexlsr does not update everything. I have added my former texmf-var tree 
> to teTeX, but mktexlsr gives
> mktexlsr: Updating /var/lib/texmf/ls-R...
> mktexlsr: Updating /var/lib/texmf/db/ls-R...
> mktexlsr: Updating /var/cache/fonts/ls-R...
> mktexlsr: Done.
> ignoring /usr/TeX// entirely. I have not changed anything in texmf.cnf;

Was it the right file? Check with
  kpsewhich texmf.cnf

Did you really add your new texmf-var to the TEXMF variable?
  kpsewhich -expand-var=\$TEXMF

> 3. Clicking on the shell script for oxdvi gives the following message:
> Couldn't find the program 'oxdvi''

Just check if the oxdvi script exists in /usr/TeX/bin/i386-linux.


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