[OS X TeX] Re: 7 new i-Packages

Gerben Wierda sherlock at rna.nl
Thu May 16 13:14:41 CEST 2002

On Thursday, May 16, 2002, at 03:10 , Stephen Anderson wrote:

> Most of these things are already included in the fink distribution - I 
> have nearly all of them installed in support of other software (e.g. 
> xemacs, which is crucial to my use of TeX). I'm rather afraid there 
> will be massive conflicts if people start installing these things from 
> a variety of sources....

In that case: don't.

My goals differ from fink. There are three major differences:
1. I use default install locations, fink uses /sw
2. I try to prevent any necessary access to Terminal.app so that 
installing is also available for complete unix unaware users
3. I will not support X11 in any way to make sure that my stuff has a 
better chance to work on a stock Mac OS X system.

People are free to choose fink and not i-Installer. Fink is stronger 
because it actually knows about dependencies (and i-Installer doesn't 
yet). i-Installer may have other advantages, the main one being that 
i-Packages may be installed by people who have not installed a 
Development Environment (which are rather many).

So far, the tally is that fink has (in the past) produced a lot of 
conflicts for my software and I haven't produced any for fink. Given 
that fink (as far as I know), still has the safe but somewhat 
imperialistic attitude that it puts it's own directories at the 
beginning (where I put mine, if any, at the end) there is little chance 
fink users are going to notice anything.


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