[OS X TeX] How to download .ii2 files without i-installer?

Rowland McDonnell rjmm-lists1 at fireflyuk.net
Mon Sep 12 14:07:04 CEST 2005

>  From http://www.rna.nl/ii.html (it appears to me that this one is at 
> least a good start if you are looking for documentation concerning the 
> i-Installer TeX Distribution):

Thank you for the suggestion.  I have looked, and tried to understand,
and my questions are what I have to ask after reading and trying to
understand the available documentation.

> > Welcome to the i-Installer Home page. i-Installer is a
> > network-aware installer application for Mac OS X 10.2 or higher. It
> > installs i-Packages which are directories with a name ending on
> > .ii2 and which contain a set of files.


> A quick look into the file gwrelative.iid

Thank you - can you tell me what this file is for?  And could you
explain how you knew that it was the place to look for the information
needed to do what I want to do?

> (available at:
> # http://tug.org/i-packages/iid/gwrelative.iid (default)
> # http://www.ntg.nl/macosx-tex/i-packages/iid/gwrelative.iid
> # http://www.math.utah.edu/ftp/pub/i-packages/iid/gwrelative.iid
> # http://bloch.ling.yale.edu/i-packages/iid/gwrelative.iid)
> shows a lot of i-Directories where you can get .ii2
> (not files).

(Point.  I'm sloppy - packages on Macs look like files, so I just call
'em files.  Apologies.)

> For example, if you want to download the tex.ii2 package, look into 
> gwrelative.iid (it's an XML file describing where i-Installer can find 
> ii2-packages), you'll find:
> > <key>../tex.ii2</key>
> > <string>TeX</string>
> So, assuming you are looking in the default i-Directory at
> http://tug.org/i-packages/iid/gwrelative.iid, the tex.ii2 package 
> resides in
> http://tug.org/i-packages/tex.ii2
> Choose the nearest mirror and download the desired .ii2 directories
> with your preferred http download client on the XP box.

Righto - thanks.  This is exactly what I need to know.


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