[OS X TeX] Re: Remarks on the /usr/bin/texprograms symlink

Arno Kruse arnokruse at macnews.de
Sun Nov 26 06:50:14 EST 2006

Am 26.11.2006 um 11:53 schrieb Claus Gerhardt:

> Let me try to answer your question.

Thank vou, Claus. Your detailed answer offers an overview helpful at  
less for me, although I am not able to estimate advantages and  
disadvantages concerning Unix problems - I must trust what experts  
say and write.


> The future certainly belongs to TeXLive (TUG) and MacTeX's  
> installation of it for the Macintosh.

As Gerben does not continue his extensive work - Gerben, like so many  
other users I am grateful and shall miss your encouragement -, this  
may be true; it will be quite impersonal. I shall not like it.


> Now to the path setting part.


I feel overcharged to estimate.

> As my  personal opinion, with all due respect to Gerben's role and  
> achievements for TeX on Mac, I don't understand why, after his  
> departure, and given the new situation that there will be several  
> TeX distributions on a typical Mac, we should refuse to use the  
> best method for path setting only because of compatibility issues  
> with his i-Installer which will only install old tex distributions  
> and no new ones anymore.

This sounds reasonably. But I am uncertain.

> This is the present situation. The normal user can relax,

Maybe that is the best advice at the moment - wait and see. But I am  
not happy with this.

My personal conclusion: Luckily I have an external harddisk, so I can  
backup my complete installation and try out without risks. But the  
situation is dissatisfying.


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