[OS X TeX] Should I install X11 ?

Simon Spiegel simon at simifilm.ch
Thu Jun 22 16:50:07 CEST 2006

On 22.06.2006, at 16:42, Josep M. Font wrote:

> This may *seem* to be OT, but I think it is not. The question is:  
> Is it advisable to install X11 on a newly bought MacBookPro just  
> received ? (I assume it is not installed by default, searching for  
> X11 Spotlight did return just songs).
> The reason of my asking it here is because the only interest I  
> would have in X11 would be regarding the TeX installation. At some  
> places in the documentation and the discussions X11 enters the  
> picture, but I don't know whether a *normal* user of (La)TeX 
> +TeXShop would need it, or at least benefit from it, or ... ? It  
> seemed to me that having it or not makes some difference at the  
> time of installing some of the i-packages, but I could not  
> understand whether this meant it was recommendable or not.

I don't think that a "normal user" (whatever that may be) has much  
use of X11. But on the other hand, it's easy to install and hard disk  
space is cheap. The worst thing that can happen is that you end app  
with another app on your drive which you'll never use.


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