[OS X TeX] Fink and LaTeX2HTML question

Martin Stokhof stokhof at hum.uva.nl
Sun Mar 3 16:00:56 EST 2002

At 07:31 +1100 on 04/03/02, Ross Moore wrote:

>  > At 08:25 -0500 on 03/03/02, Bruce D'Arcus wrote:
>>  >I just tried to install the latex2html filter via Fink, but went
>>  >through the following process, which I canceled because I was
>>  >worried I'd screw something up (I am a unix neophyte, and hate
>>  >having to use the terminal!).  From the terminal:
>>  >
>>  >Bruce
>>  I installed latex2html via Fink over an existing teTeX installation.
>>  Be sure to select system-teTeX, not the real teTeX package(s). As I
>>  understand it, system-teTeX provides whatever other packages Fink
>>  installs with symbolic links to your already existing teTeX
>>  installation.
>>  I think you do need to install the entire xfree86, not system-xfree86
>>  as listed in your message, since apparently latex2html needs access
>>  to that. That takes a really very long time to install.
>>  Probably people with real knowledge of Unix and OS X can provide 
>>more details.
>There is no dependency within LaTeX2HTML itself on having X software
>If fink requires it, then this probably arises because LaTeX2HTML
>requires having a TeX installation, and traditionally this has
>included  xdvi  or  xdvik  --- but these are not needed with
>pdfTeX on MacOS X.
>So you should be able to exclude all the XFree stuff, if you don't
>want it.
>fink needs to fix up its dependencies, would be my guess.

>At 07:31 +1100 04/03/02, Ross Moore wrote:
>Hope this helps,
>	Ross Moore

I tried to leave out the xfree86 packages, but without them Fink did 
not complete the install.
Of course, you may be perfectly right that latex2html doesn't 
actually need it, but I could not find a way around it.
So your guess is probably right: a glitch in the Fink dependencies. 
(And a curious one: if its smart enough to work with an existing 
teTeX installation, why would it still insist on xdvi or something 
like that?)

Martin Stokhof

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