[OS X TeX] LaTeX Updater i-Package updated

Josep M. Font jmfont at inicia.es
Mon May 1 11:22:35 EDT 2006

El 01/05/2006, a les 16:11, Martin Stokhof va escriure:

> isn't the point of putting a newer, but experimental (so perhaps  
> not completely reliable and/or compatible) version in texmf.local  
> this that TeX will use whatever is in texmf.local first (actually  
> after whatever you have put in ~/Library/texmf, but forget about  
> that), so you will actually be running the new version, while the  
> older version is maintained in texmf (but not used)? That way if  
> something turns out to be wrong with the new version you can  
> gracefully degrade  to the old version, simply by removing whatever  
> is in texmf.local.

Oh, yes, of course. And this is indeed an important and useful  
feature of Gerben's setup... but how many of its "normal" users do  
know this ? That's why I didn't suggest to change this behaviour, I  
just suggested to explain it better... What seems to me that should  
be avoided is that one i-package appears to be a "subset" of another  
one (as a LaTeX installation is a "subset" of a TeX installation),  
while in the inner workings it is slightly more complicated. If a  
user sees "LaTeX updater", she should understand clearly what it will  
do... And when updating the TeX installation a reminder of first  
uninstalling the LaTeX updater should also appear. Insiders are of  
course aware that any additions they have made to texmf.local will  
remain, but what about non-insiders ?


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