[OS X TeX] a question concerning the file system

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Thu Dec 22 17:29:37 EST 2005

On 22 Dec 2005, at 22:48, Peter Dyballa wrote:

> Am 22.12.2005 um 22:23 schrieb Maarten Sneep:
>>>> Is there some reason to install these additional packages *not*  
>>>> into ./usr/local/tetex/share/texmf/.. and delete the  
>>>> installation of these packages in the home directories of the  
>>>> users?
>>> Yes, there is a big one: they will get deleted!
>> Not so fast. /Library/teTeX is actually a link to /usr/local/ 
>> tetex, so as long as you use texmf.local in either location,  
>> you'll be fine... texmf.local is meant for your own packages. This  
>> location should be left untouched by the i-Installer during upgrades.
>>> Friedrich, the proper system-wide place is /Library/teTeX/share/ 
>>> texmf.local or /usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf.local.
>> That is the same location.
> Therefore I used 'or,' otherwise I would have used 'and.' Could you  
> try to parse Friedrich's first sentence again? Do you see the last  
> slash in his path value?

Yes, you're right - the .local, .whatever is missing. I'm sorry.  
Something else: the path starts with a period, better make that an  
absolute path. The link in the finder at /Library/teTeX should be  
helpful there. I think the 'howtexfindsfiles' is rehashed completely  
here now, unless there are more questions, I consider things closed.

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