[OS X TeX] request for kpathsea header files to be optionally included in distro

Richard Koch koch at math.uoregon.edu
Mon Feb 16 17:26:35 CET 2009


MacTeX installs the standard TeX Live, without any modifications. You  
can get the headers and sources for TeX Live from


Note that you don't need to use svn to get the sources, as explained  
on this tug page.

I don't think putting sources or headers in the MacTeX package would  
be a good idea. It would produce a larger download for users who  
obtain the package over the web, and possibly introduce a new decision  
when they install (namely: "do you also want to install sources").

Dick Koch

On Feb 15, 2009, at 11:20 PM, John Owens wrote:

> I use Eddie Kohler's lcdf-typetools to install OpenType fonts for TeX.
> Previously I used macports's tex distribution, which installed from
> source. MacTeX has been great for me, with one exception: I can't
> build Eddie's tools since they require kpathsea and I no longer have
> headers for kpathsea.
> I'd love MacTeX to have an option to install headers. I don't really
> care where they go; I can link against them anywhere; but it'd be nice
> to have the option to have them. Alternatively, is it possible to get
> MacTeX to install full source?
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