Installation sites? (Was Re: [OS X TeX] R, paradigm to bring into the LaTeX world?)

Joshua Smith josh at
Tue Oct 24 17:58:52 CEST 2006


This leads to a follow up question of when/how are LaTeX packages  
updated in i-Packages?  For example, the default lineno package  
installed is version 4.1 from January 2005 but the current one  
available from TUG is 4.41 from November 2005.  Or, the nomencl  
package installed is from November 2001 (according to the  
documentation I pulled up using texdoc) but the current one available  
from TUG is from September 2005.


On Oct 24, 2006, at 5:16 AM, Gerben Wierda wrote:

>> Claus,
>> What happens when there is a package installed by i-Installer and you
>> put a newer version in one of these recommended installation sites?
>> Which is used?  Do packages in these directories take precedent?
> Yes. When you run TeX (e.g. via TeXShop), these take precedent when  
> TeX
> looks for files.
> But during the configuration phase of the TeX i-Package, these  
> locations
> are ignored. Hence, for stuff like sty files and such that are not  
> used
> during configuration of TeX, ~/Library/texmf is fine. But for stuff  
> like
> additional fonts, maps, hyphenation patterns etc, which are used  
> during
> configuration (think creation of font maps, formats), texmf.local (or
> another system-wide alternative as used by Rowland for instance,  
> see list
> archive) is a better place.
> G

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