[OS X TeX] TeXlive 2007 and texdoc

M A markoilcan at gmail.com
Thu Mar 29 16:41:50 CEST 2007

On 3/28/07, Martin Wilhelm Leidig <listwatch at onlinehome.de> wrote:
> Good morning *,
> at 2007-03-28 21.13 Victor Ivrii wrote:
> > cd /usr/local/texlive/2007/texmf-doc/doc/english/catalogue/entries
> [...]
> > $old =  "../../../macros/latex/contrib/";
> > $new = "../../../../texmf-dist/doc/latex/"
> Hmm.  Wouldn't it be sufficient to have a symlink at /usr/local/
> texlive/2007/doc/macros/latex named "contrib" pointing to /usr/local/
> texlive/2007/texmf-dist/doc/latex/?  This command sequence should do:
> ---
> mkdir -p /usr/local/texlive/2007/texmf-doc/doc/macros/latex
> cd /usr/local/texlive/2007/texmf-doc/doc/macros/latex
> ln -s ../../../texmf-dist/doc/latex/ contrib
> ---
> Not quite sure I got those paths right; ".../texmf-doc/texmf-dist/
> doc/..." looks a bit weird, anyway.  Any corrections welcome.
> That would minimize the dangers of data loss because no data would be
> changed at all.
> CAVE: that's just a untested proposal -- I'd try it without
> hesitation but I had to install TL2007 before (sorry about that ;-).

The problem with these solutions is that they only end up working for
those packages that are in the contrib directory on CTAN and are also
in Tex Live (e.g. the biblatex package documentation does not get
found this way). It is better than nothing, though. The soft link line
should have four pairs of dots not three, that is it should be:
ln -s ../../../../texmf-dist/doc/latex/ contrib

Mark A

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