[OS X TeX] tetex directory is linked to hard disk

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Thu Dec 2 04:01:25 EST 2004

Le 2 déc. 04, à 09:22, Jan Anderssen a écrit :

> On Dec 2, 2004, at 3:14 AM, Dalyoung wrote:
>> However, in the finder window, Library>teTeX appeared but its icon is 
>> the shape of hard-disk and actually linked to the main disk. So I 
>> click the teTeX, then I got another library. If I click library 
>> again, it showed teTeX link again. Hence I never get teTeX 
>> directories.
> that happened to me too (for some reason i didn't think much about it 
> at the time and never reported it back. my bad.)
> opening a Terminal window and typing the following should fix it.
> cd /Library
> rm teTeX
> sudo ln -s ../usr/local/teTex teTeX

I think Gerben was planning changes, because of a problem that I had 
reported and Martin Costabel confirmed/elucidated: /Library/teTeX was 
originally a symbolic link (symlink) to /usr/local/teTeX. This meant if 
you were connected to another Mac, or to a FireWire disk, for example, 
also containing Gerben's teTeX install, and you did anything (deleting, 
modifying content) to the symlink /Library/teTeX on that Mac or disk, 
then you were actually modifying /usr/local/teTeX on your Mac, not on 
the distant Mac or FireWire disk. In another context, Martin had in 
this way, by deleting a symlink in a FireWire disk, deleted a whole 
multi-gigabytes directory on his Mac.

Trying to be clearer, imagine you are browsing a disk or distant Mac 
named "Remote" from a Mac named "Local"; then the significance of the 
symlinks /Library/teTeX on the two volumes were:

Local/Library/teTeX  -> /usr/local/teTeX = Local/usr/local/teTeX
Remote/Library/teTeX -> /usr/local/teTeX = Local/usr/local/teTeX

Gerben was planning to change this so that:

Local/Library/teTeX  -> ../usr/local/teTeX = Local/usr/local/teTeX
Remote/Library/teTeX -> ../usr/local/teTeX = Remote/usr/local/teTeX

It may be Gerben has indeed made the change (I'm lagging a few gwTeX 
versions behind), and what you see is indeed a manifestation of it. By 
the way, I think

	sudo ln -s ../usr/local/teTex teTeX

should be

	sudo ln -s ../usr/local/teTeX teTeX

(capital X).

Hope this helps,

Bruno Voisin
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