[OS X TeX] local vs. global symlink

Charilaos Skiadas skiadas at hanover.edu
Wed Nov 29 00:51:42 EST 2006

On Nov 28, 2006, at 11:57 PM, Axel E. Retif wrote:

> On Nov 28, 2006, at 18:39, Jack Kuipers wrote:
>> Please, tell me there will "always" be a version of Mac OS X  
>> TeXShop that one (even I) can install --- if, or when, issued, or  
>> acquiring a new up-to-date Mac.  Most of us older folk are  
>> "falling away" but until then, --- Are there any comforting words  
>> out there for WE, the recalcitrant few?
> Remember that TeXShop sets its path in TeXShop --> Preferences...  
> Engine tab. This thread is mainly about the command line interface.

Well it is partly for other front-ends as well, let's not forget  
there are a number of different editors that people can use to write  
their LaTeX in. In TextMate's LaTeX bundle, we'd rather not have to  
force the user to tell us what their preference is. They have already  
stated their preference by setting the command line interface one way  
or another, and the editor should (IMHO) be smart enough to pick up  
that preference (and of course the user can overwrite that setting in  
the editor, in case the editor turned out to be not as smart as it  
thought it was). It should just work: They have MacTeX, they have  
TextMate, they should be able to compile, no customizations  
necessary, unless they want to. This is where, from my point of view,  
this discussion is important.

But in any case, all these are really not the user's concern at all  
at this point. So to all users out there, don't pay too much  
attention to all this, yet. The dust will settle, just wait a bit.
Same goes for hurrying to TeXLive. There is really no reason to leave  
Gerben's installer and/or tetex yet. As I understand it, the only  
thing changing is that you can't just email Gerben with questions  
about problems with your TeX install, or rather you could, but you  
shouldn't expect a reply. Your TeX installation won't suddenly go in  
flames the moment Gerben ends his support.

So as long as your TeX installation works just fine, there is  
absolutely no reason to mess with it. (Unless I suppose you are the  
kind of person who immediately sells their car the moment a newer  
model comes out).

> Best,
> Axel


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