[texhax] trouble installing TeX Collection 2013

Thomas Schneider schneidt at mail.nih.gov
Wed Jul 10 01:57:14 CEST 2013

I got the DVD for TeX Collection 2013 today and started installing it
on my Mac OS X 10.6.8 system.

It seems much more complex than previous installations, with three
unequal parts!  This is confusing.

I accidently did that A4 part and so had to start over again.
I did this by moving the /usr/local/texlive/2013
directory to /tmp.

I found that latex was no longer in my path and so I followed:

 Most importantly, add /usr/local/texlive/2013/bin/x86_64-darwin
 to your PATH for current and future sessions.

This was not required previously.  It's not a good idea to have to change
the path every year!

I still don't find latex in my path.

I discovered that the /usr/local/texlive/2013 directory was not permitted
to be readable by everyone as it had in prevous years:

toot 8% cd texlive/
toot 9% ls
2009/        2010/        2011/        2012/        2013/        texmf-local/
toot 10% dir
total 0
drwxr-xr-x   8 root  wheel  272 Jul  9 17:12 ./
drwxr-xr-x  11 root  wheel  374 Sep  4  2011 ../
drwxr-xr-x  21 root  wheel  714 Nov  7  2009 2009/
drwxr-xr-x  24 root  wheel  816 Mar  5  2011 2010/
drwxr-xr-x  23 root  wheel  782 Sep 20  2011 2011/
drwxr-xr-x  23 root  wheel  782 Aug 23  2012 2012/
drwx------  20 root  wheel  680 Jul  9 17:42 2013/
drwxr-xr-x   9 root  wheel  306 Jan 19  2010 texmf-local/

I fixed that and still got no latex, other things were not permitted.

So I did a recursive permission to the entire directory:

sudo chmod -R a+rX 2013

NOW I have a latex!!!

I'm glad to report that it works and I got my test document.

The log file begins:

This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.5-1.40.14 (TeX Live 2013) (format=latex 2013.7.9)  9 JUL 2013 19:54
entering extended mode

So the general solution appears to be that people must do this:

cd /usr/local/texlive
sudo chmod -R a+rX 2013

This might be required for everyone on Unix systems ...


  Thomas D. Schneider, Ph.D.
  Senior Investigator
  National Institutes of Health
  National Cancer Institute
  Center for Cancer Research
  Gene Regulation and Chromosome Biology Laboratory
  Molecular Information Theory Group
  Frederick, Maryland  21702-1201
  schneidt at mail.nih.gov
  http://schneider.ncifcrf.gov/(current link)
  http://alum.mit.edu/www/toms (permanent link)

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