[OS X TeX] TeX based on TeX Live release

Adam Goldstein adam.goldstein at jhu.edu
Fri Nov 17 15:49:26 EST 2006

I mailed the following directly to Jeff, rather than to the whole list, 
so here it is for everyone else.

 > Adam,

>  I'm preparing to migrate to the TeXLive i-package, and I have  
>  precisely the same question you raised in the below message.  Did you 
>  ever get an answer to it?  I searched the list and didn't find one.
>  TIA,
>  Jeff


I never got an answer to my questions (see below). I went ahead anyhow, 
doing the following: I followed the instructions from Texshop 
(see below also) but instead of choosing the i-installer teTeX package 
(the "TeX" step, below), I chose the MacTeX package from i-installer. 
Everything works extraordinarily well. All my documents come out precisely as 
they did before. I have now delted the teTeX material from my disk to make sure
 that there can never be any interference from it. What you will have to do, 
and this is something that has come up before on this list, is make sure that 
you change all of your pathnames that mention teTeX to Mactex. This includes 
Texshop. I also use Emacs and I had make various changes there. I left 
~/Library/texmf/tex/, ~/Library/texmf/latex/ and the like exactly as they were.

I would like to reiterate this point, which Alan Munn raised in another thread 
("Now we are grown up", started by Claus G): what the i-installer provided, 
together with the TS documentation, was a way to get a full-powered TeX 
distribution, with GS, Imagemagick, and all the other things mentioned below.
 I don't know exactly what these things do, or where they should go, and I 
wouldn't have known to install them. I am beginning now to have an inkling of 
what some of these things do, for instance, provide more powerful font 
capabilities, and also, on-the-fly image format conversions. Whatever use is 
made of MacTeX, I hope that something of gwTeX lives on---not just the 
i-installer, but the choice of additional software that goes with it, or at 
least some documentation about what additional software is required so that a 
new TeX user can get started typesetting and writing complex documents right 

-Adam G.

>  On Nov 1, 2006, at 6:17 PM, Adam M. Goldstein wrote:
>  > [snip]
>  > I would like to move to the TeX Live i-package, and there is one  
>  > thing that I am not totally clear on. Does the TeX Live i-package  
>  > install the programs that previously required additional i-package  
>  > installation, such as Imagemagick? I formerly used the GwTeX  
>  > distribution, installing it according to the instructions in the  
>  > TeXShop help, which recommends installing the following i-packages  
>  > in the following order:
>  > FreeType 2
>  > libwmf
>  > PNG Library
>  > Ghostscript 8
>  > ImageMagick
>  > FontForge
>  > Fondu Mac Font cli Tools
>  > TeX
>  > CM-Super, CB Greek, and a few others are listed as optional.
>  >
>  > Well, so my question, then is just---do I install the new i-package 
>  > (TeX Live-based) in one shot, or do I proceed as usual, installing  
>  > it after Fondu, as recommended in the TeXShop help.
>  >
>  > [snip]
>  >
>  > Thanks!
>  >
>  > -Adam
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