[texhax] texmf / package installation specifics on mac OSX

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Wed Jan 24 23:23:26 CET 2007

>>>>> "Bryan" == Bryan W Lepore <bryanlepore at mail.utexas.edu> writes:

  > On Wed, 24 Jan 2007, tom sgouros wrote:
  >> You only need enough privilege to update the ls-R file that is at
  >> the head of your /usr/local... tree.  If the others don't get
  >> updated, it's no problem.

  > i think i get it - so on this mac, texmf.cnf says

  > % User texmf trees can be catered for like this...  
  > HOMETEXMF = $HOME/Library/texmf

  > ... and it shows up in


It's probably not in TEXMFDBS.  Since there is no "!!" in front of
$HOMETEXMF this seems to be desired.

I assume that it had been done this way because people often forget to
update the databases.  This is very reasonable because beginners will
not have many files there and searching for files in an (almost) empty
directory does not hurt.

However, the comments in texmf.cnf will help you to customize it.  But
unless you have many files in $HOME/Library/texmf it's not worth the


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