[Mac OS X TeX] New naming scheme for TeX distributions

Gerben Wierda sherlock at rna.nl
Fri Feb 8 19:19:10 CET 2002

On Friday, February 8, 2002, at 05:44 , Richard Koch wrote:

> Gerben,
> This is fine. Is it active now?
> However, I do not understand the message.
> First you say that you have retired the name teTeX.dmg. Then you list a 
> link
> to TeXLive-teTeX.dmg. Is that retired? (I ask because all later links
> contain teTeX).

The *exact* name teTeX.dmg has been retired.

> Then you list two other links, one to teTeX-teTeX.dmg and one to 
> TeX.dmg.
> Finally you write "Links to either of the above and will be the one 
> that I am
> using myself for production." That sentence doesn't make sense to me.
> Sorry to be dense. I want to have just one link on my site, and I want
> it to point to the "preferred" distribution, that is, the one you run 
> yourself.
> What link should I use?

The confusion came with the captial L at the start of the sentences, I 
think. Sentences were supposed to start with the ftp://...dmg and go 
like this "ftp://...dmg links to foo". 'Links' was meant as a verb not a 

Currently there are two sets of names that all end up pointing to the 
same file:

TeX.dmg ->
	TeXLive-teTeX.dmg ->
		TeXLive-20020201-teTeX-texmf-beta-20020129.dmg ->

teTeX-teTeX.dmg ->
	teTeX-beta-20020129-teTeX-texmf-beta-20020129.dmg ->

What you want is TeX.dmg. This will always point to the release I am 
using myself.

If people want to be sure they use TeXLive or teTeX for the binaries 
they can take the appropriate link instead (either TeXLive-teTeX.dmg or 


>> I have decided on a new naming scheme for my TeX distributions. To be 
>> certain that all people who maintain links (Richard and Jerome afaik) 
>> have to change their links on their web sites, I have retired the name 
>> teTeX.dmg.
>> 	ftp://ftp.nluug.nl/pub/comp/macosx/tex-gs/TeXLive-teTeX.dmg
>> Links to the latest release of a stable (afaik) TeXLive develop for 
>> the programs and script and teTeX-beta for the texmf tree
>> 	ftp://ftp.nluug.nl/pub/comp/macosx/tex-gs/teTeX-teTeX.dmg
>> Links to the latest release of a stable teTeX-beta for the programs 
>> and script and teTeX-beta for the texmf tree
>> 	ftp://ftp.nluug.nl/pub/comp/macosx/tex-gs/TeX.dmg
>> Links to either of the above and will be the one that I am using 
>> myself for production. This is the *preferred* distribution as well as 
>> the one that is most easy for me to support (given that I run it 
>> myself). In time, I might move back again to a single distribution, 
>> and most likely this will be based on TeXLive-teTeX, because it is a 
>> richer setup.
>> The last official release of teTeX is so much out of date that I have 
>> stopped keeping it around. The TeXLive non-develop source tree is more 
>> up to date, but still lacks one or two things that are essential for 
>> Mac OS X, so I keep to the development tree. However, I sync versions 
>> of the development tree that are reported to me by the maintainer as 
>> being stable.
>> A new TeXLive-teTeX release is forthcoming. It will contain the 
>> absolute latest stable pdfTeX: pdfTeX (Web2C 7.3.7) 
>> 3.14159-1.00b-pretest-20020204. I have been running tyis for almost a 
>> week now without any problems.
>> Yours,
>> G
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