[OS X TeX] TeX (TeX Live) i-Package updated (*EXPERIMENTAL i-Directory)

Gerben Wierda Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Thu Dec 7 15:26:48 EST 2006

The Dec 7 release contains:

• TL2006REVISION=2572# 2006/12/01 22:00
• Missing tex4ht support files added to the main texmf tree  
• Added doc/latex/{graphics,base} to the main texmf tree (texmf.texlive)
• Support for /Library/TeX/Distributions setup. From now on using / 
usr/texbin for your path to the TeX binaries is stable. The same is  
true for /Library/TeX/Distrbutions/Default/Man for man pages, / 
Library/TeX/Documentation for all the documentation in your  
texmf.trees. Switching between different TeX distribution is easy:  
only the /Library/TeX/Distributions/Default needs to be set to an  
existing .texdist bundle which contains information on the TeX  
distribution and where it resides. See /Library/TeX/TeXDist- 
description.rtf for details.
• i-Package contains new setloginpath and setmanpath scripts with a  
new interface.
• Fixed a buglet where changed languages did not force a recompile of  

The short info on the new distributions setup is: use /usr/texbin as  
te PATH for your TeX setup in TeXShop from now on, iTeXMac or  
whatever frontend you use. It points to the active distribution used.  
If you have TeX Live 2005 installed, switch from an installed gwTeX  
to an installed TeX Live 2005 as follows:

sudo rm /Library/TeX/Distributions/Default
sudo ln -s TeXLive-2005-Relative.texdist /Library/TeX/Distributions/ 

After this, both comand line and frontend (if it uses /usr/texbin)  
will use TeX Live 2005 (system wide)


PS. It has taken a while as I experienced a lot of apparent  
instabilities in creating the setup for choosing easily between  
different TeX distributions. It turns out the instability was an OS X  
bug and the problem was specific to the testing procedure used. The  
actual solution was fine all along.

PPS. If you have still outstanding problems and wishes, now is the  
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