[texhax] trouble installing TeX Collection 2013

Thomas Schneider schneidt at mail.nih.gov
Fri Jul 12 01:46:01 CEST 2013


>     It seems much more complex than previous installations, with three
>     unequal parts!  This is confusing.
> Hmm, the reasoning should be on one of the mactex web pages, although I
> don't find it now :(.  It wasn't done on a whim.

I don't imagine so.  However, it seems to me it possibly could be wrapped
together as a single script.

>     drwx------  20 root  wheel  680 Jul  9 17:42 2013/
> Maybe your umask (after sudo) is 700?

% sudo umask

% sudo umask -S

Yup ...

> TL installation intentionally does not force any particular permissions.
> The idea is that you should be in control of permissions, not the
> installer.  Of course it's still troublesome that you got this result
> after going through the normal MacTeX installation.  It should at least
> be anticipated in the doc.
>     cd /usr/local/texlive
>     sudo chmod -R a+rX 2013
> Indeed, that is the thing to do if the directory ends up installed as
> unreadable :(.
>     This might be required for everyone on Unix systems ...
> Certainly not everyone (e.g., I installed on Unix, and I didn't need to
> do it).  I believe it will happen to people who install (a) as root, and
> (b) with a very restrictive umask.  I think that is unfortunately common
> (standard?) on Macs, but not elsewhere.

I had indicated during installation, I think, that the installation
should be for everybody on the computer.  So 'chmod -R a+rX 2013'
would be needed for any Unix machine and I would think it appropriate.

It maybe that this is a 10.6.8 and 10.7.5 problem.  (I'm not upgrading
to 10.8 because I would hate to lose Spaces/Expose, see


  Thomas D. Schneider, Ph.D.
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  National Institutes of Health
  National Cancer Institute
  Center for Cancer Research
  Gene Regulation and Chromosome Biology Laboratory
  Molecular Information Theory Group
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