[OS X TeX] How to update MacTex

Jung-Tsung Shen jushen at gmail.com
Thu Oct 2 23:01:21 CEST 2008

I keep wondering why the user friendly Mac does not have a (La)TeX
package manager as that in MikTeX yet? Are there serious technical
barrier? The feature will be very useful to the beginners (including


Here's an excerpt from MikTeX's website:

Integrated package management

MiKTeX's integrated package manager installs missing components from
the Internet, if required.

For example, the LaTeX directive

would trigger the installer, if the memoir package is not already installed.

This unique feature allows you to keep your computer clutter-free:
only install packages you actually need.

On 10/2/08, Richard Koch <koch at math.uoregon.edu> wrote:
> On Oct 2, 2008, at 1:23 PM, Yu (Ryan) Yue wrote:
> Dear MacTex genius,
> I am brand new to MacTex. Actually I just got my first mac pro. I was trying
> to compile textpower file with MacTex and it said foil.cls is missing. Is
> there any easy way to install those files. Thanks!!
> Yes. Foil is not in TeX Live because it comes with a license which is too
> restrictive. But it is free for individual use and you can easily obtain it
> by typing foil.cls in Google.
> Put this file in
>  ~/Library/texmf/tex/latex
> (or a subfolder of this location) and you are off to the races. Here
> ~/Library is the Library folder in your home directory. You may have to
> create the subdirectories.
> Dick Koch
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