[OS X TeX] i-Installer installation question

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sat Aug 26 00:01:42 CEST 2006

On Aug 25, 2006, at 2:56 PM, Bruno Voisin wrote:

> Le 25 août 06 à 19:19, Wendy McKay a écrit :
>> The way Apple does it when they lend us machines at TUG meetings  
>> is to
>> install TeX on one machine and then clone the system  over to the
>> others. (that was before intel chips appeared)
> That would advocate for making the binaries universal, in gwTeX.
> IIRC Gerben asked us some time ago (or was it to the OS X TeX list)  
> whether making these binaries universal was worth the effort.  
> AFAIK, for the moment, both PPC and Intel binaries are installed  
> and at install time the binaries for the right processor are  
> "selected" once and for good. (I think this is done through /usr/ 
> local/teTeX/bin/highesttexbin.pl, which chooses between  /usr/local/ 
> teTeX/bin/i386-apple-darwin-current/ and /usr/local/teTeX/bin/ 
> powerpc-apple-darwin-current/.)
> Remember the transition from 680x0 to PPC: first applications were  
> either provided as thin (i.e. processor-specific) or fat (i.e. for  
> both processors); then, after a couple of years IIRC, most  
> applications were provided in fat form, or only for PPC.
> My 0.02 €-message of Friday night!
> Bruno


/usr/local/teTeX/ is >500MB on my system (with docs, etc.) while /usr/ 
local/teTeX/bin is <40MB (PPC only). Loading Universal or dual  
binaries would then make a <10% change in distribution size and HDs  
are certainly up to it without squeaking now.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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