[OS X TeX] Install MacTex outside /usr/local?

Ettore Aldrovandi ealdrov at math.fsu.edu
Thu Dec 11 20:26:05 CET 2008

On Thu, 2008-12-11 at 13:42, Herbert Schulz wrote:
> On Dec 11, 2008, at 12:01 PM, Gorram Freak wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I'd like to install MacTeX on my MacPro at work. However, I can't
> > install in the default location because /usr/local is a symbolic
> link
> > to a read-only network share.
> >
> > So, does anyone know a way to install (Mac)TeX in an alternate
> > directory? The only way I've come up with so far is to install tetex
> > via fink or MacPorts.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Arthur G
> Howdy,
> I don't think you can change the install location of MacTeX but I  
> think you can set the location if you install straight TeX Live  
> although I've never tried. You won't have that nice TeX Distribution  
> preference pane but any tetex distribution is way out of date and  
> tetex is no longer supported. I'm sort of surprised that MacPorts  
> hasn't updated their TeX distribution to TeX Live since it has been  
> several years since last updated.
> Good Luck,
> Herb Schulz
> (herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

Yes, straight TeXLive can be installed in any location. I have installed
it (on Mac OS X) several times under /opt/texlive/<year>.

macports does have a texlive port, but it's still the 2007 one. It's
based on the OpenBSD port by Edd Barrett, so I suppose it will be
updated when/after the OBSD is.
Ettore Aldrovandi <ealdrov at math dot fsu dot edu>
Department of Mathematics, Florida State University

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