[OS X TeX] Many MacTex package links broken?

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Thu Oct 27 14:28:46 CEST 2016

> On Oct 27, 2016, at 3:30 AM, Scot Mcphee <scot.mcphee at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi I’ve been trying to install MacTex on a (temporary) Mac that I’m currently using, but nearly every link that I try on CTAN to the package appears broken (404 not found)? I had the same problem last week when I was upgrading from 2015 to 2016 on my main Mac (unfortunately that Mac is in the shop after it’s main board died so I’m just setting up my temporary Mac environment and can’t retrieve the original package I downloaded).
> E.g. a direct link on a mirror here - http://download.nus.edu.sg/mirror/ctan/systems/mac/mactex/ when I select the MacTeX.pkg  link on that page, it goes 404.
> And this is true of any link I try from http://www.tug.org/mactex/downloading.html
> (update: I eventually got it from biblio OK - http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/CTAN/systems/mac/mactex/ )
> But this issue may be occurring for other users less savvy than me who don’t have the skills to randomly trying different mirrors until they hit one that works.
> Regards
> Scot


I've noticed an up-tick in 404 cases reported to the mactex-support list too. Both the MacTeX and BasicTeX packages were updated on 2016/10/09 and, for some reason, at least the MacTeX pkg update hasn't been completely distributed.

The best thing to do would be to report the problem to the CTAN folks. See the feedback link at the bottom of <http://ctan.org>.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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