[OS X TeX] TeX based on TeX Live release

Claus Gerhardt gerhardt at math.uni-heidelberg.de
Fri Nov 17 16:12:39 EST 2006

Not claiming to be an expert, or even someone knowledgeable, let me  
state that there are no imagemagick or ghostscript in texlive.  
However, htlatex worked for flawlessly for me, and Apple's own  
distiller could be used for ps->pdf, or even simpler, use i-Installer  
to install all the goodies you want but are not provided by texlive.

texlive provides everything that is necessary for tex. Any missing  
tools or programs can be installed independently, e.g., via i-Installer.

Complaining won't help, since the i-Installer offerings are frozen.  
Try using the available tools, I would be surprised, if you would  
need an upgrade.


On Nov 17, 2006, at 21:49, Adam Goldstein wrote:

> 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
> 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 away.
> -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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