[OS X TeX] Installing packages

Fernando Pereira fcnpereira at mac.com
Sat Jun 5 22:52:10 CEST 2004

On Jun 5, 2004, at 3:20 PM, Gerben Wierda wrote:

> On Jun 5, 2004, at 4:24 PM, Fernando Pereira wrote:
>> On Jun 5, 2004, at 2:29 AM, Gerben Wierda wrote:
>>> What is far more important is the distribution itself.  Is MiKTeX as 
>>> up-to-date as what we have now? Will it follow suit when this year 
>>> the TeX Directory Structure gets an overhaul? Can we combine the 
>>> current setup with parts form MiKTeX. Yes you can, but the current 
>>> setup does not have MiKTeX datestamps, so a MiKTeX like installer 
>>> will think everything is out-of-date.
>> What about keeping the .cab installs away from the main TeX tree by 
>> placing them in the user's ~/Library tree?
> This would break the update system. Suppose you have version 1 of 
> package A and version 2 of package B in your standard teTeX tree. Now, 
> the MiKTeX repository has version 2 of package A and version 1 of 
> package B. How are you going to decide what you want to install if 
> there is no way to detect the relation between a MiKTeX version and a 
> teTeX version? And that is only one of your problems.

Fair enough. What I had in mind was the situation where one would use 
the MiKTeX distro just for occasional nonstandard packages. But I agree 
that it could become a maintenance tangle, which is probably the last 
thing you want to get embroiled in.

-- F

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