[OS X TeX] New i-Package releases (TeX & TeX Support)

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Tue Dec 26 21:30:14 EST 2006

On 27 déc. 06, at 01:13, Bruno Voisin wrote:

> On 22 déc. 06, at 01:29, Gerben Wierda wrote:
>> - The TeX i-Package (gwTeX based on a TeX Live subset,  
>> texlive.ii2) has been updated:
> [...]
> I've been trying to switch to the new i-Package finally (mine was  
> still the one in /usr/local/TeXLive). Alas, every time I try to  
> install, using the NTG repository, download halts at between 0.5%  
> or 0.8% of texlive.1.tar.bz2 and stays there forever.

Having used Yale to install finally the TeXLive-based TeX i-package  
(with no MacTeX installed):

- The TeX Distribution pref pane offers the choice between only:


What's the difference?

- What's the purpose of having an application /Applications/TeX/TeX  
Distribution Helper, whose only function for now seems to be  
launching the TeX Distribution pref pane? If that's indeed the only  
purpose of the application, I see it only as a source of confusion:  
the pref pane would be well enough.

- I must admit I'm not a big fan of putting TeX Distribution Helper  
inside a folder /Applications/TeX. There are other distributions of  
TeX out there (like Textures or OzTeX), and creating /Applications/ 
TeX just for one distro is like appropriating the "brand" TeX: it  
feels a bit as if Firefox was creating a directory /Applications/Web  
upon install, to be installed as /Applications/Web/Firefox. Moreover,  
for those like me who aren't installing through MacTeX, creating / 
Applications/TeX just for putting TeX Distribution Helper inside  
seems unnecessary.

Jérôme, Gerben, I know we had this discussion (regarding / 
Applications/TeX and TeX Distribution Helper) off-list already to  
some extent, but I'd be interested to see whether others are feeling  
the same as me, or whether I'm just unnecessarily picky.

Regarding NTG: I had the same problem with the CM-Super i-Package as  
for the TeX i-package: downloads halt shortly after beginning, and  
stay forever like this. Thus there seems really to be a problem with  

Regarding XeLaTeX: the ReadMe for the TeX i-Package says:

> 2006/12/21:
> [...]
> • Promoted XeLaTeX to a format that is always enabled.

However, xetex and xelatex were unchecked in the list of packages to  
build (in Expert mode). I had run "sudo rm -rf /usr/local/gwTeX"  
before the install, to make sure any previous config file wouldn't be  
used. Should I have also run "sudo rm -rf /usr/local/teTeX", to make  
sure no config file from my (still in place) teTeX-based install  
wouldn't be taken into account?


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