[Mac OS X TeX] teTeX via fink

Michael Murray mmurray at maths.adelaide.edu.au
Wed Feb 13 12:29:16 CET 2002

>I'm currently the "maintainer" of teTeX at the fink project.  I certainly
>agree with Gerben's remarks that those who want to keep up-to-date,
>particularly with pdfTeX, should install his packages directly, since
>we are not keeping up with them.  (As one of my colleagues on the fink
>project remarked, keeping up with Gerben would be a full time job!)
>What fink provides at the moment is an installation which (aside from
>location) is equivalent to Gerben's release from last August.  To obtain
>this, you simply install the fink package "bundle-tetex", currently in
>fink's "unstable" section.  (Until recently, the package to install was
>called "tetex" but this was confusing and is being phased out.)  This
>will automatically install various other packages like tetex-texmf and
>There are also a number of other TeX-related packages such as pdfscreen
>and revtex, which Gerben added to his distribution in November and which
>are also available via fink.  Most of these are also in the "unstable"
>section.  (By the way, things at fink stay in "unstable" until a few
>users tell the maintainer that they are OK.  That hasn't yet happened
>with these fink packages.)
>On the other hand, if you want to use Gerben's distribution of teTeX along
>with fink, you simply install the fink package "system-tetex" which lets
>fink know that Gerben's installation is there.  One slight awkwardness
>is that there is not yet a similar "system-ghostscript", so you end up
>installing ghostscript twice, but fortunately ghostcript is not very large.
>With either method, you can go on to install dvipdfm, xdvi, latex2html,
>or any other packages which are not available in Gerben's distribution,
>and everything should work well together.
>   -- Dave

Hi Dave

How does the package tetex-base fit into the scheme of things ?

Thanks - Michael

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