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

Gerben Wierda Gerben.Wierda at
Mon Aug 28 17:16:54 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).

texmf.gwtex contains the stuff I think is missing from texmf.tetex. If I
would install the ConTeXt updater there, the ConTeXt updater would not
survive a TeX i-Package (re)install.

Look at it this way:

texmf.tetex - maintained by TE and redistributed by GW via tex.ii2
texmf.gwtex - maintained by GW via tex.ii2
texmf.local - maintained by local admin via various means, amongst which
context-update.ii2, musixtex.ii2, but also manual installs.


PS I could have merged those extra's in texmf.tetex (and for Latin Modern
I actually do that) but I wanted it to be clear that the contents of
texmf.tetex were maintained by TE, not by me.

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