[OS X TeX] Installing TeXLive without messing around with system wide configuration files
gerhardt at math.uni-heidelberg.de
Mon Nov 20 18:29:06 EST 2006
Let me offer an install solution for TeXLive (TUG) that wouldn't
require to mess around with /private/etc/profile. Instead a local
path setting in ~/.profile would suffice to install and configure
TeXLive system wide. Returning to the prior state would be simply a
matter of deleting ./profile and /usr/local/texlive/2005.
(1) If you already have a ~/.profile file, rename it (switch the
display hidden files on if necessary).
Save a new ~/.profile file containing the lines
# .profile for sh(1)
Use BBEdit for this, you can also try another text editor, since we
shall check, if the new path is recognized.
(2) Open a new shell in the terminal, if it is not a bash shell,
switch to a bash shell (if you don't understand what I am talking
about but are still interested, read my recipe).
then you should only see the two paths from above, if not forget
about the rest or try BBEdit.
(3) Now you can simply follow the instructions of my old recipe
observing that the path is already set. No need to edit any further
If you have already downloaded a version of my recipe, check, if the
Applescripts provided are mostly applications, if not download again;
this is only a safety measure for avoiding accidental mistakes.
Any other users wouldn't be affected by this installation. If they
change the preferences in TeXShop to the new path, they could also
use TeXLive in TS. However, if they would want to use TeXLive from
the command line they should switch their local path as above by
saving a new .profile file. They should not use their old one, if
they had one, otherwise they might have to active tex installations
in their path which I wouldn't recommend.
Also I would recommend to stick with the bash shell unless one knows
how to implement a corresponding local version in tcsh.
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