[OS X TeX] TLU broke my symlink

Justin C. Walker justin at mac.com
Mon Jun 7 01:31:13 CEST 2010

On Jun 6, 2010, at 15:26 , Herbert Schulz wrote:
> On Jun 6, 2010, at 4:20 PM, Justin C. Walker wrote:
>> 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
> Although this shouldn't have anything to do with what you are  
> seeing. You say you are using TL-2010. That is still in pretest so  
> you are using the MacTeX(TeX Live)-2010 pretest or did you install  
> TL directly from the repository? If the latter the database used by  
> the TeX Distribution Preference Pane wasn't updated.
> The path in that bad symlink (7 levels of ..) is very strange. Also,  
> the date of that bad link is really strange too! Could you have a  
> symlink 7 levels above root level that somehow got copied to /usr/ 
> texbin? Stranger and stranger!

I downloaded and installed from MacTeX (5/24, plus the 64-bit apps).   
I have been using it since then, and have updated via TLU every 2-3  
days.  All has been going well until about 6/4, when this funky stuff  
from /opt busted in.

As I said, every time I update, I do a quick compile or two with  
TeXShop, and have had no problems `til then.

Thanks for giving this some thought.  I'm stumped.


Justin C. Walker, Curmudgeon-At-Large
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You're not paying attention

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