[OS X TeX] LaTeX Updater i-Package updated

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Mon May 1 17:06:26 EDT 2006

On May 1, 2006, at 3:50 PM, Josep M. Font wrote:

> It seems that presently the latest LaTeX release is not  
> incorporated in the i-package called "TeX". Hence, if you want it,  
> you *must* install the i-package called "LateX updater". As others  
> have explained, this installs the new release in a directory  
> (texmf.local) in  parallel to the main one (texmf.tetex, I think).  
> Since the "local" directory is searched first by the TeX program,  
> when you typeset you will be using the newest version. You need not  
> notice anything.
> The tricky point will come if and when, in the future, the all- 
> encompassing i-package "TeX" is updated, in case it contains an  
> even newer LaTeX release. Then you will have to do two things, in  
> no particular order (I think): (1) install the new "TeX" as always;  
> this will overwrite the main directory, but not the "local" one.  
> (2) Uninstall the "LaTeX updater" i-package, by opening it with i- 
> Installer and choosing "Uninstall" in the main window. This will  
> erase the alternative LaTeX installation in the "local" directory  
> (now, superseded by a new version). This second step is necessary  
> because, as the "local" directory is found first, TeX would use it  
> instead of the newest release just installed in the main directory.
> Sorry if my first post generated some anxiety. Hope this helps,
> JMaF


My, what a stir. If past practice is correct the next TeX i-package,  
with the latest and greatest LaTeX, will probably behave towards the  
LaTeX update the similar to the way it does with the ConTeXt update;  
it will as you if you want to remove it before configuration  
continues. I was just trying to get a confirmation on that point.  
There is nothing to be afraid of in installing the LaTeX updater and  
the new LaTeX seems quite solid.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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