[OS X TeX] iInstaller and manually installed components

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Mon Nov 29 14:23:12 EST 2004

On 29 nov 2004, at 18:04, Peter Dyballa wrote:

> Am 29.11.2004 um 17:10 schrieb Stephan Hochhaus:
>> I would like to know if any of you have ever tried to use Gerben's 
>> distribution with some manually installed components (such as 
>> ImageMagik, Ghostscript or Freetype).
> Go ahead: remove the old programmes from the extra i-Packages and use 
> modern software! The core i-Packages and software installed via Fink, 
> darwinports or directly from off the public domain make a perfect 
> team. Gerben's extra i-Packages are no must, they're there for your 
> convenience.

Be *very* careful with Fink: make sure it doesn't overwrite or disable 
any of the i-Installer TeX system. This has happened before (and the 
pieces were picked up by the list). Since Fink's TeX is pretty old - or 
not as cutting edge as Gerben's TeX - I'd like to sound a warning on 

> Did you notice the discussion on TeXniscope? It's as easy to integrate 
> into texdoc as Preview or TeXShop. All you have to do is take care 
> that your path or PATH variables point to all repositories of 
> binaries, to all directories named bin, i.e. the usual bunch plus 
> those like these here: /opt/bin, /usr/local/bin, /sw/bin.

Be _very_ careful about the order in which you add them. Although Fink 
advices to put it at the front of you path, I think you're way better 
off by putting them at the end (minor security and major configuration 
issues - especially wrt TeX).


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