[OS X TeX] Installing packages

Stephen Addison saddison at mail.uca.edu
Fri Jun 4 21:48:54 CEST 2004

On Jun 4, 2004, at 2:22 PM, William F. Adams wrote:
>> ort dwindles.
> Are there tools for Mac OS X to open up .cab files?
> If so, it seems to me that we could just vampire off of the MikTeX 
> setup (download the .cab, open it up, convert the line endings, put 
> things in the appropriate places et voila!

When I switched to a MAC a couple of years ago, I bought virtual PC 
specifically to run MikTeX/Winedt, as I thought I couldn't live without 
it.  After discovering GWTeX and TeXShop, since there were a variety of 
packages that I wanted, I unpacked the Cab files, and dragged the 
results to my library folder and ran Latex on them.  They worked fine, 
I didn't have to do anything to the line endings.  Since I'm now on a 
G5 and don't have virtual PC running I can't check, but my impression 
was that the files already had unix line endings.  I know for sure that 
Winedt can work with unix files - it just tells you that it is when 
exchanging files from collaborators on Linux machines.

The question is how many of the packages are needed - I'd always 
installed all available, but now find that the packages in GWTeX are 
fine for most purposes.  I have installed less than 20 additionals - 
and most of them are for journals and conferences that change format 
frequently anyway.

Stephen R. Addison
Professor and Chair
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Central Arkansas

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