[OS X TeX] problems after getting new iMac

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Tue Nov 4 02:50:31 CET 2014

> On Nov 3, 2014, at 7:41 PM, Ettore Aldrovandi <ealdrov at mail.math.fsu.edu> wrote:
>> On Nov 3, 2014, at 09:50, Herbert Schulz <herbs at wideopenwest.com> wrote:
>> Migration Assistant doesn't seem to like symbolic links so strange stuff happens.
> Well, after all /usr is the OS own turf and it’s right not to honor symlinks that are not supposed to be there in the first place, like /var or /tmp.  From this point of view /usr/texbin does not make a lot of sense. One can have endless discussions about putting stuff in /usr/local but in /usr is not a  wise decision—IMHO, of course.
> —Ettore


I guess I don't know why a directory named /usr shouldn't be useful for stuff that is used by all users of a system.

By the way, if you are really philosophically against the use of /usr/texbin there is a Preference Pane put together by Dick Koch (author and maintainer of TeXShop as well as the MacTeX distribution) that creates and maintains a symbolic link ~/Library/TeX/texbin so that each user can work with a different TeX distribution. Go to <http://www.tug.org/mactex/> and click on the link (about 7 lines down) about MacTeX and Yosemite for more information.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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