[OS X TeX] Copying gwTeX

Axel E. Retif axretif at igo.com.mx
Sun Sep 25 11:11:16 CEST 2005

On Sep 25, 2005, at 3:59 AM, Peter Dyballa wrote:

> 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' ...

Thank you! Thank you very much! I was waiting for your answer before  
attempting the copy, which I will after I get some sleep (it's 4 in  
the morning for me).

If it doesn't work, I will install i-packages the usual way.

Thanks again

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