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

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Sat Aug 26 06:47:54 EDT 2006

Am 25.08.2006 um 22:09 schrieb William Adams:

> While I'm not able to directly help --- this did spark a question
> I've been pondering for a while now --- why not add an additional
> texmf tree for all users of a given Mac as a standard part of the
> install?

/usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf.local is the tree for this purpose.  
Contents there is shared by all users, as is in the hypothetical case  
of /Users/Shared/texmf. /usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf.local never gets  
deleted by i-Installer, only elder packages (ConTeXt beta, ConTeXt  
updater, LaTeX beta, XeTeX, XeTeX Documentation, TeX4ht, ...) get  
removed and then replaced by its newer version. Everything else you  
installed there survives such changes.

It plays no role whether you put things of special interest into /usr/ 
local/teTeX/share/texmf.local or /Users/Shared/texmf – there'll  
always be two trees that shadow the others but come first. In a bad  
set-up with /Users/Shared/texmf they are even three trees.

No, there is no need for more confusion. Particularly when mankind is  
developing towards cave dwellers believing in shitty mystics or  
esoterics or some higher design or half a dozen unique gods.



There's something the technicians need to learn from the artists. If  
it isn't aesthetically pleasing, it's probably wrong.

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