[OS X TeX] Keeping TeX installations synchronized between machines

Chris Goedde cgg.lists at gmail.com
Tue Jan 5 15:25:07 CET 2010

On Jan 4, 2010, at 8:39 PM, M. Tamer Özsu wrote:

> You install Dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/) on all the computers  
> that you wish to sync. Then you can put symbolic links in the  
> dropbox folder to the texmf and TeXShop folders. Anytime something  
> changes in one of these places, dropbox will sync the other machines  
> that you have registered and that are connected. Disconnected ones  
> will sync when they get connected. If you are not connected to the  
> network, as you ask, I don't know of any method that would be able  
> to sync. There is a video at the site above that should get you  
> going and you can register for free access up to 2GB of use (should  
> be plenty for texmf and TeXShop folders).

Thanks. That sounds like the way to go.

Just to clarify what I was asking (Alain seems to have understood),  
right now, even to use DropBox, I have to sync at least three  
different folders, ~/Library/texmf, ~/Library/TeXShop, and ~/Library/ 
Application Support/BibDesk. (There's also ~/Library/Application  
Support/LaTeXit, but I'm not sure if that holds anything critical).  
All I'm saying is that it would be nice if these were all in the same  
place, e.g. under ~/Library/Application Support/TeX or ~/Library/TeX.  
If all the apps distributed with MacTeX kept their user-specific files  
in folders in the same place, then the user could more easily keep  
things in sync between machines.


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