[texhax] Putting tex on a Mac

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Thu Feb 2 15:43:58 CET 2012

On Feb 2, 2012, at 8:25 AM, Michael Barr wrote:

> I got the following email from a friend whom I am collaborating with.  He has been using tex from his office and it is apparently an older version, or at least a not very complete.  So he decided to install it on his Mac. Here is his question:
> I have downloaded Mac-tex from ctan –actually I have it on an external hard drive because
> it said it would take over 24 hours to download onto my mac in my office. But it just sits there, I clicked
> on it and it unzipped but nothing happened. Any suggestions? I think I will join TUG and ask them.
> While joining TUG is a nice idea (and he would get the tex-live disk) the answers he needs are available free and I recommended he ask texhax, then decided to post the question myself.  I have never used a Mac myself and have no idea how it does things.
> Michael


Are you actually doing this on a Mac? Nothing will ever happen with it on a PC because the .mpkg file is opened and run by Apple's installer. Just double click the .mpkg file on the Mac and then it will get installed. It typically takes less than 5 minutes and should just work out of the box.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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