[OS X TeX] New TeX i-Package release in *EXPERIMENTAL* i-Directory

Martin Stokhof m.j.b.stokhof at uva.nl
Mon Feb 28 22:25:16 CET 2005

On Feb 27, 2005, at 22:20, Maarten Sneep wrote:

> On 27 feb 2005, at 21:42, Martin Stokhof wrote:
>> On Feb 27, 2005, at 17:36, Gerben Wierda wrote:
>> [snip]
>>> OTOH, the i-Packages live in ~/Documents, are far larger. But these 
>>> can be thinned and still work.
>> I've always wondered why they were in ~/Documents and not in 
>> ~/Library/Application Support.
> Argh, not in ~/Library! See below for a somewhat more detailed 
> explanation.
>> As others have pointed out, for regular backups the additional Mbs 
>> don't matter that much. My reason for preferring a Documents folder 
>> that contains only "my" stuff is that makes working on different 
>> machines a little easier: if all and only your data is what is in 
>> Document, you need to worry only about keeping that folder properly 
>> synced. (That's why I have problems with applications that do the 
>> opposite of Microsoft and put your data in Application Support; 
>> Devonthink is an example (I know that the location supposedly can be 
>> changed, but that has proven to be problematic for me.))
> Quit the application, move the data to where you want it, create a 
> symbolic link from the old location to your new location. The 
> application will never know what happened. And don't forget that there 
> is some far more important data living in ~/Library: Mail.app stores 
> all you email there, and that is something I don't want to loose. I 
> just back up both ~/Library and ~/Documents, and keep those sync'ed.
> I just point the i-Installer to my preferred location: either in 
> /Users/Shared/... or on an external disk. Makes it easy to share the 
> i-packages between computers.
> Maarten

Thanks, also to Axel and Bruno, for the tips. (I feel a little 
embarassed that I hadn't discovered the possibility of changing the 
location of i-Packages in i-Installer's preferences ;-) I'll try the 
symlink approach, sounds like a good solution.


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