[OS X TeX] Installing packages
Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Sat Jun 5 02:29:28 EDT 2004
On Jun 4, 2004, at 21:48, Stephen Addison wrote:
> The question is how many of the packages are needed - I'd always
> installed all available, but now find that the packages in GWTeX are
> fine for most purposes. I have installed less than 20 additionals -
> and most of them are for journals and conferences that change format
> frequently anyway.
Please everybody, don't go too fast. Unpacking .cab files is only one
simple technical issue. Creating an installer for them will also not be
What is far more important is the distribution itself. Is MiKTeX as
up-to-date as what we have now? Will it follow suit when this year the
TeX Directory Structure gets an overhaul? Can we combine the current
setup with parts form MiKTeX. Yes you can, but the current setup does
not have MiKTeX datestamps, so a MiKTeX like installer will think
everything is out-of-date.
An initial MiKTeX package installer will probably be very simple.
Choose from a large alphabetical list and install form the MiKTeX
repository. Having someting more smart requires that I replace the
teTeX distribution with the MiKTeX distribution as far as the tree is
concerned. If that is a good move (given how well the basic
distribution now works) is not a given.
So, please take a breath. A decent solution will not be there tomorrow.
An intermediary one might be there sooner.
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