[OS X TeX] Building new formats (MacTeX)
herbs at wideopenwest.com
Mon Sep 18 02:33:19 CEST 2006
On Sep 17, 2006, at 6:58 PM, Adam R. Maxwell wrote:
> On Sep 17, 2006, at 16:43, Gerben Wierda wrote:
>> On Sep 18, 2006, at 01:32 , Adam R. Maxwell wrote:
>>> On Sep 17, 2006, at 13:23, Rowland McDonnell wrote:
>>>> [I'm not going to use some software that does what i-installer
>>>> make large changes to the data on my computer without me having the
>>>> faintest idea what it's doing.
>>>> Isn't that normal prudent computer management?]
>>> Prudent, perhaps, but not typical; Apple's Installer makes large
>>> changes to the data on your computer every time you install a
>>> software update, for instance (anyone remember that broken iTunes
>>> update fiasco?). MacTeX has the same black-box limitations. As
>>> far as that goes, any installer program does, which is why I
>>> prefer drag-and-drop installation.
>> Apple also suggests this as a first method. But what most drag-and-
>> drop installs do is also install some configuration program which
>> is then being called the first time you try to run the program.
>> Think Microsoft Office, for instance.
> Good point! It doesn't even require a separate config program,
> either; I happen to know that if you remove ~/Library/Application
> Support/BibDesk, BibDesk will automatically recreate that directory
> at next launch without asking your permission. I think the obvious
> lesson is that sneaky developers lull you into a false sense of
> security with drag-and-drop :).
And if you remove files (or the whole folder) from ~/Library/TeXShop/
it will get recreated at next start. Also the TeXShop.plist file from
PS: That's a good way to get a ``clean copy'' of one of the files if
you mess them up when editing.
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)
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