[texhax] MacTeX installation
Axel E. Retif
axel.retif at mac.com
Thu Jan 29 10:32:53 CET 2009
On 28 Jan, 2009, at 13:42, Tom Schneider wrote:
I'm CCing your entire message below to Richard Koch, MacTeX
maintainer, who can provide a much better answer to you.
The thing, in short, is this ---MacTeX provides a mechanism ---due to
Gerben Wierda and Jerome Laurens--- through which you can shift from
one TeX distribution to another you have installed; see
The user interface of this mechanism is a control panel in System
Preferences, called ``TeX Distribution'' (you should have it). I don't
think, though, that TeX Distribution knows about TeXLive 2005.
TeXLive usually asks you if you want symlinks of the *binaries* in /
usr/bin (or is it /usr/local/bin?); MacTeX, on the other hand, makes a
symlink to the *active distribution* in /usr/texbin ---that's how it
allows you to change from one distribution to another.
Obviously you had installed TeXLive 2005 from TUG before, and /usr/bin
is taken precedence over /usr/texbin.
> I finally got around to installing MacTeX from the September 2008 DVD.
> I decided to try MacTeX instead of TeX Live since the documentation
> says that all of TeX Live is in MacTeX. Why not see what the
> interface is like? The installation went smoothly, and MacTeX runs
> nicely. Congratulations.
> I usually use LaTeX from the command line (or scripts) so I tested
> that and found one small discrepancy.
> % which latex
> % cd /usr/bin
> % ls -l latex
> lrwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 45 Mar 22 2006 latex@ -> /usr/local/
> That is, the pointer in /usr/bin was not updated, so I was still using
> the old latex installation. I did that by hand using ln and sudo:
> lrwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 50 Jan 28 14:26 latex@ -> /usr/local/
> If it is possible, I would suggest making this modification to the
> installation script. Actually, I changed the name to latex2005 just
> so I could get back to it. An option to delete the previous
> installation probably would be useful too.
> Dr. Thomas D. Schneider
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> National Cancer Institute
> Center for Cancer Research Nanobiology Program
> Molecular Information Theory Group
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