[OS X TeX] Installing packages

Norman Gall ngall at ucalgary.ca
Mon Jun 7 19:16:12 CEST 2004

On 7 Jun 2004, at 09:25hrs, Thomas Schröder wrote:

> Well, since CTAN files can't be easily nudged into some automatic 
> installation scheme and MikTeX has its own packaging system, why don't 
> we as a TeX community come up with one, too? How about we created a 
> little group of volunteers, maybe 10-15 people, where everybody was 
> assigned a small part of the contrib directory on CTAN/macros/latex. 
> Everybody could then work out how each package was to be installed. I 
> think most packages are really very straightforward to install: latex 
> *.ins, latex *.dtx, put the *.sty in a macros directory, put *.dvi in 
> a doc directory etc. These could be marked as 'easy' or something like 
> that i.e. they could be automatically installed. For the rest, 
> packages would be nice. It would be a bit of work in the beginning, 
> but certainly worthwhile. Count me in as one of the 
> would-be-volunteers :-)

Me too.

However, just as something off the top of my head, why bother 
installing into different places when the tree affords people the 
ability to see all of the files for a package?

I simply unpack packages into ~/Library/texmf/tex/latex/<packagename>; 
the whole thing. I never have any troubles with it and upgrading a 
package is simple: delete all the contents of the folder, move the .ins 
and .dtx into it, and unpack.

Norm Gall

"Battles are won by slaughter and manoeuvre. The greater the general, 
  more he contributes in manoeuvre, the less he demands in slaughter."
                                                  - Winston Churchill

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