additional texmf tree for all users (was Re: [OS X TeX] Beginner help with TeXshop/MacTex needed)

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at
Mon Aug 28 14:31:23 CEST 2006

Le 28 août 06 à 14:24, Bruno Voisin a écrit :

> it seems texmf.gwtex and texmf.local share essentially the same  
> purpose: they are both maintained by Gerben and his software i- 
> Installer, the only difference being that texmf.gwtex is created  
> "statically" (i.e. its content is defined once and for good by  
> Gerben when putting the TeX i-Package online) while texmf.local is  
> created "dynamically" (i.e. its content is defined by the local  
> maintainer, through the choice of additional i-Packages at install  
> time such as the ConTeXt updater, CM-Super, MusicTeX, etc.).
> What I would suggest (in case that's technically possible) is merge  
> texmf.gwtex and texmf.local into one single texmf.gwtex tree,  
> containing Gerben's and i-Installer's additions to the teTeX (or,  
> soon, teTeX-like subset of TeXLive) tree. That would restore  
> texmf.local to its original function: a repository of local  
> additions and customizations by the administrator of the Mac on  
> which gwTeX is installed.

Sorry, reading this message again I realize it's rather ambiguous.  
What I was suggesting was to move all i-Installer-maintained  
additions such as ConTeXt updater, CM-Super, MusicTeX, XeTeX etc. to  
texmf.gwtex. In that event, texmf.local would become exclusively a  
repository for local additions by the Mac admin, and never be touched  
by i-Installer (except when being read in order to create TeX  
formats, but never written nor erased).

Bruno Voisin

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