[OS X TeX] Getting started with tlmgr

Victor Ivrii vivrii at gmail.com
Fri Dec 5 16:16:12 CET 2008

On Fri, Dec 5, 2008 at 9:40 AM, Herbert Schulz <herbs at wideopenwest.com> wrote:

>> Can someone guide me on how to recover all my TeX related commands?

The first thing is to avoid panicking.
Remember that tex binaries leave in

and /usr/texbin is just a symlink. Can you check


Also tlmgr in /usr/local/texlive/2008/bin/universal-darwin is not a real thing
but just symlink  to /usr/local/texlive/2008/texmf/scripts/texlive/tlmgr.pl
and the first thing should be if the real things are on you HD



>> -- Gary
> Howdy,
> Now I feel terrible... I don't know what happened on your system but it
> doesn't look very good.
> You may try following the instructions for disaster recovery by downloading
> and running the .sh script at <http://www.tug.org/texlive/tlmgr.html>.
> Outside of that it may take a re-install of MacTeX 2008.  Did you get the
> TUG DVD? Then you can re-install from that.
> I've been reviewing the instructions and may have a solution to the problem
> although it shouldn't happen any more since things have settled down and the
> servers should be in synch by now.
> Good Luck,
> Herb Schulz
> (herbs at wideopenwest dot com)
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Victor Ivrii, Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto

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