[Mac OS X TeX] GUI for teTeX settings, etc.; ideas from NeXT?

William Adams wadams at atlis.com
Thu Nov 15 14:59:22 EST 2001

Troy said:
>Alternatively, there could be a Services item (available to the
>Finder) named, say, "Install TeX add-on".  If nothing is selected, it
>shows me a little window explaining what it does.  If a *.sty, *.ins,
>etc. file is selected, it does the right thing with it and I'm on my
>merry way.

Actually, there was a facility to fetch and install up-dates.

The big difficulty here is that:

1 - TeX Directory Structure is _very_ complex
1b - the standard thing to do is to just grab / install everything, no?

2 - the ``TeX Package System'' or whatever they were going to call it
never got resolved / finished

3 - Mac users seem resistant to NeXT's standard of having things to
install come in .pkgs


4 - Apple broke the latter when they switched from gnutar to pax :(

(who's a Plain TeX / roll-your-own kinda guy, so doesn't grok this LaTeX
stuff anyway ;)
William Adams, publishing specialist
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