[OS X TeX] Re: [XeTeX] texdoc, was: Microtypography?

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Wed May 10 13:45:22 CEST 2006

Am 10.05.2006 um 11:45 schrieb Bruno Voisin:

> 	Warning: Cannot install perltk, don't know what it is.

Sorry for this, Bruno! I did not remember correctly, I think the  
right invocation would be "sudo -H cpan -i Tk" to install the  
Tk-804.027 Perl Module ...

Well, cpan needs at least one programme to fetch via FTP or HTTP the  
sources from the CPAN. NcFTP, wget: they're so common, they're always  
available for me (they are also in Fink and Darwinports) ...

http://www.ncftp.com/ncftp/ is the home page and ftp://ftp.ncftp.com/ 
ncftp/binaries/ncftp-3.1.9-macosx10.3.dmg is the client, i.e. the  
programme that gets (or puts) files. It's an Installer package which  
will put into /usr/bin the ncftp* programmes. I think in Panther  
NcFTP was part of the BSD package, in Tiger Apple brings us curl ...

Wget can be found here http://www.statusq.org/archives/ 
2005/02/22/610/ as http://www.statusq.org/images/wget.zip, it needs  
some manual work to install, though. There is a real Cocoa  
application, CocoaWget: http://www.geocities.co.jp/SiliconValley/8916/ 
Macintosh/CocoaWget_en.html. It's a stand-alone GUI, so its wget is  
not available on the command line.

GPG is here at home: http://macgpg.sourceforge.net/. GNU Privacy  
Guard 1.4.3 (http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/macgpg/GnuPG1.4.3.dmg? 
download) is an Installer package with all the necessary files. The  
programmes will be installed in /usr/local/bin. There are nice add- 
ons: GPGPreferences (http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/macgpg/ 
GPGPreferences-1.2.dmg?download) and GPG Keychain Access (http:// 
download), and particularly this plug-in for Mail: http:// 
www.sente.ch/software/GPGMail/English.lproj/GPGMail.html. (GPG is  
also in Fink and Darwinports, Fink has a version with IDEA.) With  
this software my digital signature will make more sense ...

Lynx is an "ASCII" WWW browser: http://hsivonen.iki.fi/os-x- 
browsers/. It's home could be this: http://www.osxgnu.org/. There are  
two kinds of Lynx: one that connects over SSL (Secure Socket Layer),  
which would be appropriate to visit WWW sites and to read and send  
one's eMail via Web interfaces, and an always more up-to-date version  
without SSL. The latter is OK to fetch sources. I see lynx as a last  
resort ... (also in Fink and Darwinports)

Removing the "scrap" you have now: "sudo rm -rf /var/root/.cpan" --  
cd'ing to /var/root does not work because only root is allowed to  
enter this directory. (Since you have X11 in some useful state, you  
made experiments with texdoctk, you can launch 'sudo -H xterm -ls'  
and backgrounding it, and you have a root login session! Fontconfig  
might slow down things the first time. This session might be more  
appropriate to work with cpan. I am using GNU Emacs for this.)

Indeed, texdoctk based an Qt and Aqua would be the better choice than  
an X11 client. There is also a TclTk implementation for Aqua: http:// 
tcltkaqua.sourceforge.net/. Up to Jaguar I used it to use TkMan:  
http://tkman.sourceforge.net, but did not like the GUI elements then  
(too big) ...



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