additional texmf tree for all users (was Re: [OS X TeX] Beginner help with TeXshop/MacTex needed)

Victor Ivrii vivrii at
Fri Aug 25 19:04:52 EDT 2006

On 8/25/06, Herbert Schulz <herbs at> wrote:
> On Aug 25, 2006, at 5:03 PM, Victor Ivrii wrote:
> >
> > Sure, but if someone is a paranoid: i-installer installs (a very few,
> > cm-super f.e.) packages here
> > and if the names of packages coincide the old package will be
> > overwritten
> >
> Howdy,
> But isn't that the behavior you want for all the users on the system?

It is difficult for me to talk from the paranoid point of view but I
will try. I found extremely few packages which are written by
i-installer to texmf.local; mpm also writes here (I prefer install
packages by mpm than manually since it is easier to look after

> In those few cases where there might really be a problem with
> overwriting (not that many things loaded there by the TeX i-package
> --- mostly things by other packages) put them into the personal tree,
> ~/Library/texmf/; not going to be too much duplication there.

I do not feel the need on Mac in the fifth tree (actually four seem to
be too many) but some people could want it.
> Good Luck,
> Herb Schulz
> (herbs at
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