[OS X TeX] Copying gwTeX

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Sun Sep 25 10:59:53 CEST 2005

Am 25.09.2005 um 02:24 schrieb Axel E. Retif:

> Wouldn't -L be necessary to keep symbolic links in gwTeX distribution?

No, Axel! -L makes cp look for the file the link is pointing to and 
substitute the link with the file, preserving the link's name. A 
symbolic link is just a file (although a bit more complicated in 
Apple's HFS), so it's easy to just copy it. -L helps those who know 
that the symbolic link is pointing to a file outside the area that is 
going to be copied. Then it's useful to keep those 'external' files 
too. Otherwise you would have links pointing to non-existent files.

In case you were going to copy teTeX' bin directory all the many 
symbolic links in powerpc-apple-darwin-current would be replaced by 
those big files the links are pointing to. So you would have a few real 
*tex programmes -- and could be, since powerpc-apple-darwin-current is 
itself a symbolic link, this is substituted by a copy of the directory 
powerpc-apple-darwinX.Y with all sym-links 'fulfilled' ...



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