[OS X TeX] Uninstalling an earlier installation

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Wed Dec 28 22:56:21 CET 2011

On Dec 28, 2011, at 3:15 PM, Eric Weir wrote:

> On Dec 28, 2011, at 1:26 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:
>> Remember that OS X is Unix, a multi-user system. The ~/Library/texmf/... tree is for personal (e.g., you, as a single user) files the /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local/... tree is for the local system files (i.e., all users of that computer).
> I have:
> /usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf
> /usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf-config
> /usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf-dist
> /usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf-var
> plus some other folders at the same level
> texmf-local is at:
> /usr/local/texlive/
> Am I set up right?
> Thanks,


Everything within each /usr/local/texlive/20xx/ directory corresponds to the TeX Live distribution for year 20xx. The /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local/ directory forms a tree outside the distribution. That way any files in the correct place inside that directory can be found by ANY of the distributions (well, you might have to enable any fonts you have in that folder for each distribution but you won't have to re-copy the fonts and support files). Right now I only have TeX Live 2011 so I have

/usr/local/texlive/2011/ --- the TeX Live 2011 distribution
/usr/local/texlive/texmf-local/ --- my system-wide additions to the distribution.

and that's it!

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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