[OS X TeX] /usr/local/texprograms -> /Library/ActiveTeXPrograms

Claus Gerhardt gerhardt at math.uni-heidelberg.de
Thu Nov 30 11:48:22 EST 2006

These possible settings make switching tex sources ugly. Dick's  
original idea of setting a symlink in /usr/local, such that the path  
to tex would be universally defined as /usr/local/texprograms, on the  
contrast, is simple and beautiful. Users could easily switch to  
different tex sources , if they wish, without changing any settings.

Your reservations against /usr/local as the directory for the symlink  
are insignificant  since those users who share /usr/local over a  
network can easily adjust when being confronted with this symlink.

The structure below indicates that using a symlink is no longer  
considered which means that for each texlive/year distribution a  
special path has to be provided which is ridiculous.


On Nov 30, 2006, at 16:03, Gerben Wierda wrote:

> I can see the logic of:
> /Library/TeX/Distributions/TeXLive2005 -> /usr/local/texlive2005
> /Library/TeX/Distributions/TeXLive -> /usr/local/texlive
> /Library/TeX/Distributions/teTeX -> /usr/local/teTeX
> /Library/TeX/Distributions/gwTeX -> /usr/local/gwTeX
> /Library/TeX/Distributions/Default -> gwTeX

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