[OS X TeX] TLU broke my symlink

Justin C. Walker justin at mac.com
Sun Jun 6 23:20:03 CEST 2010

On Jun 6, 2010, at 14:07 , Herbert Schulz wrote:

> On Jun 6, 2010, at 3:50 PM, Justin C. Walker wrote:
>> Actually, I don't know what happened.  I'm just hoping to get  
>> attention :-}
>> I am using TL-2010 (on Mac OS X, 10.5.8), and update periodically.   
>> Until today, I was using TLU 0.86.
>> Prior to the broken symlink, I had updated on 6/2.  Each time I  
>> update, I run a few typesets to make sure I haven't hosed things  
>> completely, and so far, no problems.
>> On Friday, I noticed BibDesk's preview was complaining.  Further  
>> checking revealed this:
>> <justin at zippo:SageDays22> ls -l /usr/texbin
>> lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  63 Jun  5 17:31 /usr/texbin -> ../ 
>> Library/TeX/Distributions/.DefaultTeX/Contents/Programs/i386
>> as expected, but
>> <justin at zippo:SageDays22> ls -l /usr/texbin/
>> lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  admin  34 Mar  8  2008 /usr/texbin/ - 
>> > ../../../../../../../opt/local/bin
>> was somewhat of a surprise (not to mention totally wrong).  Has  
>> anyone seen this?  I don't make a habit of messing with symlinks in  
>> the system's backyard, so this wasn't something I did deliberately.
>> I fixed the problem by recreating the 'texbin' link.
>> Hoping for clarity, and thanks, in advance...
>> Justin
> Howdy,
> This sounds more as though you tickled something in the TeX  
> Distribution System Preference Pane. That assignment sounds like  
> it's pointing to something (possibly a TeX Distribution?) in  
> MacPorts. Did you install a MacPorts distribution?

I have MacPorts installed, but "/opt" is not in any PATH that I know  
of, and I haven't installed anything via MacPorts in a while.  I also  
had not been messing with the Pref pane (until after the fact, while I  
was trying to reconstruct things).


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