[OS X TeX] universal-darwin bin dir

jfbu jfbu at free.fr
Tue Nov 25 09:04:38 CET 2014

Le 25 nov. 2014 à 02:23, Ettore Aldrovandi <ealdrov at mail.math.fsu.edu> a écrit :

>> On Nov 24, 2014, at 16:30, jfbu <jfbu at free.fr> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I have MacTeX 2014 on Mac OS X Mavericks (latest)
>> I observed today that /usr/local/texlive/2014/bin
>> contains both of 
>> universal-darwin
>> and 
>> x86_64-darwin
>> this is on a MBA, hence x86_64, thus the latter is the
>> directory /usr/texbin points to.
>> universal-darwin weighs 176M and I feel very much like doing
>> rm -fr on it.
>> Is there any reason I should not?
> tlmgr may still think you have those packages installed.  
> Maybe running 
> 	tlmgr platform remove universal-darwin
> (possibly preceded by sudo) should do it?  NOT TESTED, though.
> Ettore
> --
> Ettore Aldrovandi

Thanks Ettore and Herb for your advices.

Here is the situation as I observe it in /usr/local/texlie/2014/tlpkg

1) the file texlive.tlpdb contains various paragraphs referring to universal-darwin 
things and also a line near the top
depend setting_available_architectures:universal-darwin x86_64-darwin

2) I didn't find in the backups repertory any reference to a universal-darwin binary 
package,  things looking like they might be one, are in fact documentation

3) the repertory tlpobj contains files corresponding to universal-darwing stuff,
easily identified are the files have universal in their names,

My plan of action is to try Ettore's suggestion, 
see what it does, and if that fails I will manually remove myself (once I
figure how to use a unix tool such as sed or grep) all
universal-darwin data from texlive.tlpdb, and from the tlpobj repertory

I don't need sudo for that as I own the whole 2014 hierarchy

...and I forgot to say I have done rm -fr on universal-darwin and
used once TLU which didn't complain nor tried to reinstall the binaries

by the way, apart from symbolic links nothing appeared to have modification
date earlier than May 22, 2014 in universal-darwin, 

This brings me to: does TeXLive actually ever update binaries in-between releases?

I thought the whole point of TeXLive yearly releases was that all binaries were updated
once at this point, and only at this point.

However, maybe I err completely.

best wishes

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