[OS X TeX] "installing fonts" again - programmers listening? :)

William Adams wadams at atlis.com
Fri Jul 5 22:43:52 CEST 2002

Gerben said:
> For this at least, a solution is available: http://www.rna.nl/ii.html ;-)
> (I also think, though it would be complicated, that an Apple installer 
> pre-install script could check the pax contents against existing symlinks 
> and generate an error in case a symlink is encountered, at least that 
> would not destroy things. But I agree that using pax stinks because of 
> this reason, after all I created i-Installer just because of that.)

Let's see... we have:

1 - Apple's own .pkg and Installer program
1a- www.osxgnu.org I think it is making packages for same
2 - Fink's use of Debian's apt-get
2a- graphical interface for the above
3 - lots of developers making .dmg which're drag-drop to install
4 - some developers making proprietary executable installers hidden away 
in binary archives
5 - Gerben's i-installer

Did I miss anything?

That's depressing (and I really respect Gerben for putting for the effort 
to address a problem with so many (bad) solutions with a proper one), and 
hate that Apple took something which afforded a chance for consistency and 
an improvement in program/package installation (for the Mac OS) and ruined 


William Adams, publishing specialist
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