[OS X TeX] Installing mbboard (changed to TikZ stuff)

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sat Dec 7 14:36:06 CET 2013

On Dec 6, 2013, at 7:53 PM, Don Green Dragon <fergdc at shaw.ca> wrote:

> First, I hauled out «TeX Live Utility.app» and quickly it filled its window with all manner of data about ‘Updates’.
> Then the ‘Packages’ button was clicked. Another torrent of data, so I looked for stuff about TikZ and found 13 entries, some of which were ‘Installed’ and others were 'Not installed’, six of the latter. Then I realized that the references seemed to be with respect to . . ./texlive/2012/. . . and there was a complaint about the 2013 version NOT being installed. I thought that would have been done when I set up MacTeX2013, but maybe not. Something asked if I wanted to upgrade to TeX Live 2013 and I replied YES.


You can no longer update TeX Live 2012 using TeX Live Utility (or tlmgr). So, if there were updates they went to TeX Live 2013.

> Anyway, I asked «TeX Live Utility.app» to install those six TikZ packages and I got some «Install Succeeded» messages, so that sounds good. In fact, those TikZ packages are now labelled ‘Installed’.  :—)
> As to «TeX Live Utility.app» the information panel says
> Modified: Tuesday, 29 October 2013 at 8:01 PM
> which is fairly recent, but not today. The version number is 1.17.

That's the most recent version.

> When I look for «tex live» with the Spotlight guy, the top hit is «TeXLive2012Changes.pdf» so that convinces me that I’m not up to date.

That document is also for TeX Live 2013.

> However, I found a CTAN panel that offered upgrades to  TeX Live 2013 and so I downloaded some stuff from CTAN, namely «install-tl-unx.tar.gz» which on unpacking created a directory «install-fl-20131206» within which there is the Unix Executable File «install-tl» which went to work and produced:
> —————————
> 		<<a few lines omitted>>
> <O> options:
>   [X] use letter size instead of A4 by default
>   [X] allow execution of restricted list of programs via \write18
>   [X] create all format files
>   [X] install macro/font doc tree
>   [X] install macro/font source tree
> <V> set up for portable installation
> Actions:
> <I> start installation to hard disk
> <H> help
> <Q> quit
> Enter command: I
> Installing to: /usr/local/texlive/2013
> /Users/doncarvel/Downloads/install-tl-20131206/install-tl: mkdir(/usr/local/texlive/2013/) failed, goodbye: Permission denied
> logout
> [Process completed]

Oh no! Please don't automatically install stuff!!!! You have now installed a TeX Live 2013 but not all the auxiliary stuff that MacTeX installs so that you don't have to set up PATH variables, etc.

> —————————————
> Looks to me like I screwed up somewhere. The only entries that I made were:
> (1) I responded to "Import settings form previous Tex Live installations:» with `y’
> (2) After the prompt «Enter command:» I entered `I’ meaning go ahead and install.
> As you can see above, the message "failed, goodbye: Permission denied, logout» appeared.
> At this point, I’m so freaked out that I did a Restart. After the restart, I still cannot find any evidence that TeX Live 2103 is installed here. Went through the same process as noted above, but with respect to the prompt (1) answered `n’. That made no difference, same error message.

``Freaking'' usually leads to disaster since things are left in a completely unknown state.

> Anyway, in /usr/local/texlive/ I DO NOT have a 2013 folder, but I do have ones for 2011 and 2012.
> My main concern is: Is TeXShop, LaTeX, and TeX still working? After a quick look at a 345 page doc, the answer appears to be Yes! :—)

Yes... but which ones?

Good Luck,
Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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