[OS X TeX] Three new MacTeX install packages

André Bellaïche abellaic at math.jussieu.fr
Thu Nov 23 16:38:45 EST 2006

Le 23 nov. 06 à 21:31, Richard Koch a écrit :

> Folks,
> Three new MacTeX install packages are available by going to
> 	www.tug.org/~koch
> and clicking on the link at the top of the page. The packages are
> 	MacTeX_teTeX (based on Gerben Wierda's original distribution,  
> 332.1 MB)
> 	MacTeX_GWTeXLive (based on Gerben Wierda's TeX Live version, 377.4  
> MB)
> 	MacTeX_TeXLive (the full TeX Live 2005 distribution, unmodified,  
> 596.4 MB)
> Each of these packages installs Ghostscript, ImageMagick, Font  
> Utilities,
> GUI TeX programs, and the appropriate TeX distribution, so each  
> contains
> everything needed to run TeX on Mac OS X.

Thank you for all this.

But my problem has always been the following: I may be rich of 500MB  
of files, or now 1.5 GB, but how can I find what there is in this  
gold heap? At some times, you would prefer to see everything sorted  
by alphabetical order, so you can browse easily, rather than  
structured as a tree.

Example: how do you find a step-by-step explaination of the  
functionment of a simple macro as \@startsection? In the old times,  
you had only to read the commented out lines in "latex.tex". Surely,  
this has been retained in the hundreds of MB of new distributions,  
but where? I have two or three questions of this kind every day,  
about LaTeX, about font installing, etc., or about the existence, the  
name and the location of some package which could save me hours of  
work. I am pretty sure that, generally, the answer lies in the 1306  
MB of the 3 new distributions, but where?

André Bellaïche

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