[OS X TeX] Lost in Mac space
gghi at bordernet.com.au
Sat Dec 13 13:03:20 CET 2008
Perhaps this would be the time to bring this up. Myself and many
others are not as computer literate as many here in these groups.
Therefore, while the answer to a question may well be "cd to the
root" and while you may know the meaning of the answer, myself and
many others are bewildered. People learn in many and varied ways. Some
can learn by reading about the process while others must do the
process to gain the ability.
My first tex install was on a blue imac and to be honest, involved
more luck than skill, but it worked and I produced an ebook about
solar power design and installation. Even managed to sell several
Second install was with some expert guidance from members in this
group. It worked and helped me get a pass with merit for my Dip.Art in
professional writing and editing.
This is my third install. How things have changed, it came with an
installer, magic stuff. And many thanks to all those that work in the
background to produce such exemplary soft ware.
For you, in your experience, the terminal may be the benevolent angel
of mac harmony, but, for some of us, it is the gateway to the devils
lair. An example may help. Suppose that your favorite leather jacket
was torn. You go to a group on line and ask how to repair it and the
answer was "You need a pony, a stitching wheel, an awl and two
saddler's needles" and you are expected to deduce the skill of saddle
Please, I need to do it to learn it. How do you "cd to the root" and
will it allow you to get package files in the correct places?
And yes, I hope to be able to produce a guide for rank beginners who
would like to use TeX but lack the skills to wrangle the terminal.
George L Ghio
On 13/12/2008, at 9:53 PM, Peter Dyballa wrote:
> Am 13.12.2008 um 06:26 schrieb George Ghio:
>> Updated tlmgr with out a hitch.
>> Now the problem. If I want to download a package from, say, the
>> ctan catalogue, what do I need to put into the terminal to get the
> No way! Tlmgr is meant to keep the TeX Live 20xy distribution up-to-
> date. To install additional software you should download a "TDS
> compliant archive" – whatever this is! I never did it, I never
> looked for it. From descriptions I know that you can cd to the root
> of the TeX distribution, for example the private ~/Library/texmf
> branch or the revision independent /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local
> branch (because otherwise tlmgr might find a problem with unknown
> components), and then just unzip the archive. Its components will
> automatically be distributed into the correct places. CTAN is
> supposed to deliver these TDS compliant archives (and maybe also
> "normal" ones, because the package authors should provide them with
> their updates).
> Maybe afterwards you can write something about your experiences for
> the MacTeX wiki (http://mactex-wiki.tug.org/) ...
> Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want.
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