[OS X TeX] System wide versus local path settings

Claus Gerhardt gerhardt at math.uni-heidelberg.de
Mon Nov 20 16:27:44 EST 2006

Today I created a .profile file in my home folder and added the lines

#  .profile for sh(1)

export PATH

   export PATH

   export PATH

The last path only for checking which path I would inherit as root.  
In fact all paths were active when I was a normal user as well as  
when I played root (via sudo).

Strangely then, any changes in /private/etc/profile  had no effect on  
my path either as normal user or as root. Thus, when installing a new  
tex as a user with administrator privileges it would suffice to only  
change the path in ~/.profile and run texconfig-sys etc. as root.

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