[OS X TeX] Very (Mac)-specific mpm problem

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Sun Dec 3 08:29:43 EST 2006

Am 03.12.2006 um 02:15 schrieb Alan Munn:

> libmpm: going to download: ftp://indian.cse.msu.edu/pub/mirrors/ 
> CTAN/systems/win32/miktex/tm/packages/miktex-zzdb1-2.5.tar.bz2 => / 
> private/var/tmp/mik43930/miktex-zzdb1-2.5.tar.bz2
> core: The MiKTeX function CurlWebFile::ReadInformationals fails for  
> the following reason:
> The cURL easy interface returned error code 8
> Info:
> Source: CurlWebFile.cpp
> Line: 368
> core: leaving scratch directory "/var/tmp/mik43930"
> mpm: The cURL easy interface returned error code 8

This error obviously indicates that your version of mpm is using its  
own internal libcurl software to fetch things from the Internet  
(Source and Line particularly). To proof:

	otool -L `which mpm` | sort

And also obviously this internal "cURL easy" library is faulty. You  
should report this!

There is a cure, that others, including me, already have working: we  
have installed the BSD and BSDSDK packages from Mac OS X. It's not  
sufficient to have libcurl in /usr/lib (from BaseSystem package),  
there is also the C header file curl/curl.h needed (plus its  
colleagues), contained in the BSDSDK package. If you install BSDSDK  
and then re-configure and re-make and re-install mpm it should work  
better ... Except: in one Tiger update for PPC based Macs libcurl was  
renewed! It might have been for security reasons, I can't tell that  
now because I had to re-install Tiger recently and went straight to  
10.4.8 with an UpdCombo.

If you have all receipts lying around you could check with a little  

in tcsh:

	foreach BILL ( /Library/Receipts/* )
	    echo "$BILL"
	    lsbom "${BILL}/Contents/Archive.bom" | grep lib/libcurl

or in bash:

	for BILL in /Library/Receipts/*
	    echo "$BILL"
	    lsbom "${BILL}/Contents/Archive.bom" | grep lib/libcurl

These little scripts will name the package above the found lines with  
the string "lib/libcurl" in them. The renewal of the installed Tiger  
software should be:

	2. the security or Tiger update
	3. all updates that came afterwards (later MacOSX updates contain  
earlier Security updates, so can leave out the Security updates)


	2. Tiger 10.4.8 (or your latest) UpdCombo

to have all particles of Tiger again up-to-date.

I have backups! The updates to libcurl happened with:




Some day we may discover how to make magnets that can point in any  

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