[OS X TeX] tetex (i-installer) on windows ?
Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Wed Nov 17 08:04:34 EST 2004
Am 17.11.2004 um 12:10 schrieb Steffen Wolfrum:
> Is there a chance that I can transfer the whole tetex-folder (as given
> by i-installer) and just make little corrections (paths etc.)? Has
> anybody already done that successfully?
It's not complicated to transfer the contents of the i-Packages
somewhere else. Once you have installed an i-Package on your Mac it has
become 'fat', i.e. some archive files where fetched and added to the
former 'thin' i-Package description.
On the Mac you can press the Ctrl key while clicking an application or
an i-Package. The context menu that opens now has at least one extra
item: "Show package contents." This will show you the archive files
*.tar.bz. On the command line you could start to type 'tar -jvtf ' and
then drag such an archive on the Terminal. Press return, go fetch some
coffee or tea and then scroll back and wonder! You'll see the contents
of the archives. Each member starts with a relative path, './' or just
with 'tex/', 'doc/' etc. So to extract the contents you need to change
directory into which the contents should be extracted.
It's not always obvious where an archive belongs! To copy things to a
PC you should enable locate. Or run manually 'sudo
/usr/libexec/locate.updatedb'. After some time an index of the useful
files and directories of your Mac is made (and all CDs, DVDs, external
disks etc. -- so remove what you do not need). Then you can invoke
'locate tex/xmltex/base/xmltex.tex' to see into which branch branch
this archive belongs to (the file is a member of this archive).
Other way round: you have your log file and see what's missing on your
PC. Then it might be good use to prepare some files containing the
contents of the archives. This is easily achieved! You remember the
'tar -jvtf'? All you need to is to add '... > tex.33-Contents'. tex.33
means you were listing that component of the tex i-Package, needs some
extra typing, you understand. Now seeing what your missing you can
invoke 'grep unicode.sty tex*Contents'. The output could be:
/Users/Steffen/tex.11-Contents:-r--r--r-- root/admin 23178
2003-02-08 23:32:10 tex/xmltex/passivetex/unicode.sty
So you see it's from the tex archive no. 11 in the tex i-Package.
Applying locate you'll see it belongs into the texmf.local tree.
The best way would be if you you export/share the PC's file system and
mount it on your mac. To extract exactly this file you can proceed:
tar jxvf /on/your/mac/path/to/fatted/i-Packages/tex.ii2/tex.11.tar.bz2
And you can happily work after on your PC.
The path to tex.11.tar.bz2 can be found by invoking 'locate tex.11'.
The argument for tar to extract is important: it must be exactly the
string that grep found in the Contents file. If this name starts with
'./' these two characters have to be part of the argument. If you want
to extract the whole archive:
tar jxf /on/your/mac/path/to/fattend/i-Packages/tex.ii2/tex.11.tar.bz2
Can take some more time, can overwrite. Did you notice that I omitted
'v'? This switch stands for the verbosity of tar's output. With 'v' it
lists every member, which is a nice feature when you extract a few
files from a large archive. When all the members you need were reported
you can finish tar with Ctrl-C. When you're extracting the whole
contents of an archive it's best not see every member listed ...
Well, that's the UNIX way of doing it. Have you thought of MikTeX? And
the dante CD/DVD set? Two great sources.
These are my principles and if you don't like them... well, I have
others. - Groucho Marx
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