[OS X TeX] Recommendations for downloading LaTEX

Adam R. Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Thu Feb 3 04:09:48 CET 2005

On Feb 2, 2005, at 03:28, Maarten Sneep wrote:

> On 2 feb 2005, at 12:19, Gerben Wierda wrote:
>>> On Feb 1, 2005, at 9:58 AM, Gerben Wierda wrote:
>>> Perhaps the best thing here would be to track what the MikTeX folks 
>>> do,
>>> use the same filesets for .ii2 files as they use for their .cab files
>>> and it'd ``just work''.
>> I have investigated .cab files a while back to see if I could build an
>> i-Package interface to a MiKTeX repository, but the result was 
>> negative:
>> there is no free .cab tool for unix as I recall.
> Ah, gotta love Google: http://www.kyz.uklinux.net/cabextract.php
> I recall I tried it last time we had this discussion, and the cab 
> format
> isn't too pleasant, a hierarchy will be extracted into a single 
> directory,
> with the directory names squashed into the file-name. This may of 
> course be
> caused by this piece of software.
> And doesn't the TCO browser support cab extraction? Maybe some 
> cooperation
> is warranted here...

Yes, TCOBrowser does support cab extraction, and I used the cabextract 
command line tool.  You can even have it extract directly into 
~/Library, and it will set up a proper texmf hierarchy for the package. 
  It doesn't make use of the versioning info, though.  Finishing my 
dissertation became a higher priority :).


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