[OS X TeX] MacTeX-2008
koch at math.uoregon.edu
Fri Sep 5 18:02:03 CEST 2008
On Sep 5, 2008, at 1:22 AM, Anthony Morton wrote, after quoting Bruno
>> Why does MacTeX do that? I plead guilty for this. Initially the
>> Perl/Tk install package prepared by Dick Koch installed everything
>> exactly as the standard installation procedure, namely scripts in /
>> usr/bin. Dick's idea was precisely that people would get exactly
>> the same as with the standard install, for compatibility purposes.
>> I asked that /usr/local/bin was used instead,
> And you did the right thing. No third-party installer should be
> putting stuff in /usr/bin, ever. The only things that belong in
> there are components supplied by the OS vendor. That's a long-
> standing Unix-ish convention.
Bruno completely convinced me of this, and it didn't hurt that Karl
Berry chimed in at his most insistent.
Let me add an important conjecture. I believe that these five binaries
are irrelevant. To me they look like EXAMPLES. One, for example, uses
Perl/Tk to implement a GUI editor with only a few lines of code. I
think we could eliminate the binaries entirely without affecting the
use of Perl/Tk for "tlmgr --gui", but I was afraid to try!
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