[OS X TeX] Fink

Joseph C. Slater joseph.slater at wright.edu
Wed Jun 2 16:22:43 CEST 2004

On Jun 2, 2004, at 2:39 AM, Axel E.Retif wrote:

>> A silly question, no doubt, but messing with Gerben's TeX 
>> installation is not something I will tolerate.  So, I want Octave, 
>> Gnu-Plot, et al., but I don't want anything about my TeX installation 
>> messed with.  How does one use Fink, and not screw-up my 
>> all-important Gerben-related TeX stuff?
> <Snip>
> If at any time you suspect a problem with Fink, comment out the `` 
> Fink line ' ' in your .bash_profile:
> #. /sw/bin/init.sh
> and then log out and log back in.

No need to log out and back in. Simply open a new terminal window. The 
quick  novice way to do this is to do the edit, save, open a new 
terminal window, undo the edit, save again, just so you don't forget. 
Now you have a terminal window without the fink path.

I haven't done this yet, but it should be possible to show preference 
to Gerben's distribution by modifying your path after using the the . 
/sw/bin/init.sh using something like

setenv PATH /usr/local/teTeX/bin/powerpc-apple-darwin-current:$PATH

AFTER is very important.

In your .cshrc file. In a .bashrc file, this will be something like
export PATH

again - AFTER the init.sh command to set the fink paths.

Most likely you are using the BASH shell. It's the default since 10.1 
or 10.2, I can't recall. I'm so used to tcsh that I have never 

As always, you can get a full refund if this doesn't work. I've been 
using this solution for 30 seconds without any problems!

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