[OS X TeX] Baffled and annoyed

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at gmail.com
Fri Dec 15 00:57:38 EST 2006

John Vokey wrote:

> All,
>   I have read numerous post to this list that at some point (usually  
> well into at least dozens of quote levels) that said well, no, I  
> refuse to put stuff where everybody else does, and expects to find  
> it, and that despite my using of Fink and other incompatible private  
> compilations (or my own personal preference that important files  
> should be held in ./trash), all should just work damnit!
>   Enough.  You want to walk on the edge, dance on the fine point,  
> play with fire, well fine.  But I do not think we on this list should  
> have to wade through (despite my e-mail filtering) unending  
> complaints and demands for fixes.  I have used LaTeX on the Mac as  
> long as it has been possible to do so.  No complaints---it has always  
> worked just fine (OzTeX et al.  Sci Word anyone?) as along as I  
> didn't also demand that it balance my cheque-book or some other  
> personal peccadillo that in some system/editor was also  
> accommodated.  This is the TeX on Mac OS X mailing list.  Yes, on  
> some obscure or even popular systems it also emptied your septic tank  
> on a regular basis.  I don't care.  And, I suspect, nobody else does  
> either.

I beg to disagree.

I am a totally plain vanilla user of LaTex and equally totatally 
uninterested in a lot of that "danc[ing] on the fine point". Still, as 
is well known, censorship begins when one cannot tolerate stuff one is 
not interested in and the trouble indeed is that by the time they come 
to get you, ain't nobody nomore to hear you cry.

To be a bit more precise, some of the people who have been doing this 
dancing on the fine point are also the very same people who have helped 
me out of situations I couldn't cope with. Push these people out and 
they won't be here to help me when I need it. So, for me, trashing their 
stuff by hand without reading it is a very, very small price to pay.

While you may not want to put up with them, please think of me who has 
no choice but. :-)

Best regards

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