[OS X TeX] Building new LaTeX formats w/ OS X Textures

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Fri Jun 30 09:11:27 CEST 2006

Le 29 juin 06 à 12:34, J. McKenzie Alexander a écrit :

> I'm trying to build (or \dump) the most recent version of LaTeX to  
> use with OS X Textures.  I've downloaded the base directory from  
> CTAN but, after having unpacking and processed all the *.ins files,  
> I'm a bit stuck at what to do next.
> I've created an empty file in Textures, saved it to the 'base'  
> folder containing all the input files for LaTeX, switched the  
> typesetter to VirTeX, and then typed
> 	\input latex.ltx
> in the editor window.

First I didn't get how you could be selecting VirTeX, given it was  
absent in version 2.2.0a. Then I realized that, as with TeXShop, the  
downloadable version is constantly evolving without any change in  
version number.

Namely, the version I had had a modification date "Thursday 22 June  
08:37" and did not include VirTeX, while the version currently  
available at the Blue Sky TeX Systems site has a modification date  
"Friday 23 June 13:49" and does include VirTeX.

I imagine people from Blue Sky TeX Systems are silently listening to  
this list (given the Textures list has been inactive for quite some  
time, and I'm not aware of any public beta program).

At one point I'll look into the possibility of having OS X Textures  
use gwTeX (not the binary or font directories, but at least the tex/ 
generic, tex/plain and tex/latex directories. Without this, it will  
take really a strong amount of motivation to move back to the  
generally outdated Textures TeX tree after years of experiencing the  
comfort of the standard and platform-independent gwTeX TeX tree.

Bruno Voisin

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