[OS X TeX] MacTeX installer and man pages

Justin C. Walker justin at mac.com
Fri Jul 21 13:32:36 EDT 2006

On Jul 21, 2006, at 10:18 , Chris Goedde wrote:

> On Jul 21, 2006, at 12:09 PM, Jan Anderssen wrote:
>>> In fact, going to /usr/local and executing 'sudo mv man share'  
>>> fixes the problem.
>> wouldn't that override an existing man directory under share/ ?
>> what about moving the man pages individually and having a symbolic  
>> link from /usr/local/man to /usr/local/share/man?
> It would have, had anything been there :-). I probably should have  
> mentioned that.
> I think a link is a wrong solution. My reading of man.conf is that  
> Apple intends that /usr/local/share/man be used, not /usr/local/ 
> man. Adding a line like
> MANPATH_MAP     /usr/local/bin          /usr/local/man
> to man.conf, as Justin suggested, would also work, but I don't see  
> the point in having two places to store man files for the binaries  
> in /usr/local/bin. I also prefer not to change system-wide  
> configuration files if I don't have to.

The only reason to consider leaving both directories in place is the  
one I mentioned earlier: if you are given to installing packages  
(particularly of the open source variety), they tend to variously  
drop man pages in both places.  To keep your sanity, it may make  
sense to change the config file (that is what it's there for, after  
all).  Presumably this is one of the files that is retained during an  
archive-and-update install (although an install of a new version of  
the system may suggest a reinstall of those /usr/local things as well).



Justin C. Walker, Curmudgeon-at-Large
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