[OS X TeX] OS X TeX newbie needs help installing TeX on non-boot volume

Anthony Morton amorton at fastmail.fm
Sun Sep 11 15:46:00 CEST 2005

> If you make /usr/local a symbolic link to some other directory (as I 
> am doing usually, too), then after each software installation using 
> one of the GUI installers, please check if your symbolic link is still 
> there or if it has been removed and replaced by a real directory. The 
> Apple installer is known to do this occasionally if it is used to 
> install things in /usr/local, even Apple softwareupdate has done it 
> once or twice.

If only everyone would use i-Installer for Unix stuff, we wouldn't have 
these problems. :-)

Apple shouldn't really be installing stuff in /usr/local - as they 
distribute the OS they can safely put things straight in /usr.

> BTW, you can very well replace /usr/X11R6 by a symbolic link, too, but 
> the same advice is in order; you shouldn't do it if later you want to 
> use Apple's installer to install things into /usr/X11R6.

This gets messy.  The reason you can do it with /usr/local is that it's 
a true 'user' hierarchy, and Apple shouldn't be messing with it.  But 
/usr/X11R6 already contains an Apple X11 distribution, and if you move 
it then the Apple installers get confused.


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