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

Roberto Avanzi roberto.avanzi at gmail.com
Sun Nov 26 13:06:25 EST 2006

On 26 Nov 2006, at 09:39, Gerben Wierda wrote:

> On Nov 26, 2006, at 02:00 , Claus Gerhardt wrote:
>> In my opinion Gerben's i-Installer shouldn't be
>> used any more for installing TeX, MacTeX does it too and better  
>> with respect to the symlink.
> OK. Shall I end support by Dec 1 instead?

Dear Gerben - I found Claus' phrasing puzzling at least - instead
of going for the obvious, that is asking you to add that symlink
support in your next mantenaince release... in order to make
transition better for the users!  I hope this is just a phrasing
and not a content problem, as I myself found the above expressed
in way a bit too rude.

Your work gave many of us THE reference TeX on the mac, and I used
it for a few years, together with Koch's frontend.  This made me
very proficient in my work, as I could concentrate almost only on
typesetting and almost never missing a package.  My gratitude will
always go to you, and I will remember gwTeX with fondness.

I moved on.  Now the TeXLive 2005-based MacTeX package is on my
laptop, but I understand that there are contributions by you
in there, and this in part relieves my "guilt" feelings.  I will
miss the flexibility offered by your i-installer, and I am sure
many others share my feelings.  Yes, sure, the UI could have been
improved, but at least a lot of installation fine tuning options
had been provided.  A monolithic distribution does not provide this.

So, thank you, thank you again for your marvellous work.  If you
end your support earlier, I cannot blame you.  If you end support
later as you already announced, this will give Mac TeX users more
time to try and decide what to do.

  all the best

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