[OS X TeX] Finder access to the system-wide local texmf directory

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Tue Jan 16 09:23:26 CET 2007

I was under the impression that the TeXDist structure provided a  
direct access to the system-wide local texmf directory that was (i)  
distribution-independent and (ii) Finder-friendly (ie no path to  
input, no Terminal), through a symlink


pointing for the gwTeX and TeXLive 2007 distributions to, respectively,


in the same way as the symlink


points for gwTeX and TeXLive to, respectively,


Alas, after upgrading this morning to TeXLive 2007 this doesn't seem  
to be the case. As a result, you can indeed access the local texmf  
tree using normal navigation in the Finder for gwTeX (by going to / 
Library/TeX/Root and then inside it to texmf.local), but not for  
TeXLive (once in /Library/TeX/Root you would have to go one level up  
in the directory hierarchy, to ../, which the Finder doesn't normally  
allows). Then, in the latter case, to navigate to this local tree in  
the Finder you have either:

- Once in /Library/TeX/Root, to Cmd-Click the window title to go up  
one level to texlive then inside it to texmf-local.

- To use Cmd-Shift-G then enter directly the path /usr/local/texlive/ 

The TeXDist structure does provide distribution-independent access to  
the local texmf tree, through the symlink


but given this symlink contains a hidden directory you have again to  
resort to Cmd-Shift-G or to the Terminal in order to use it.

Did I just dream the whole thing, and did /Library/TeX/Local never  
exist in which case I would be making a confusion with /Library/TeX/ 

Bruno Voisin

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