[OS X TeX] R, paradigm to bring into the LaTeX world?

Adam Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Mon Oct 23 12:30:06 EDT 2006

On Monday, October 23, 2006, at 08:19AM, Gerben Wierda <Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl> wrote:

>On Oct 23, 2006, at 16:53, Adam R. Maxwell wrote:
>> On Oct 23, 2006, at 06:58, Gerben Wierda wrote:
>> [assessment of TeX packages snipped]
>>> PS. I have noticed that since MacTeX has become available the stream 
>>> of feedback on i-Installer and the i-Packages has dried up.  Probably 
>>> as a result of bahaviour like the behaviour described above. A 
>>> superficial inspection of download logs in August has brought still 
>>> considerable download activity to light. Still, in terms of getting 
>>> feedback, this had dwindled to almost nothing.
>> Well, I installed using i-Installer a week or two ago, but my TeX 
>> usage is light enough these days that I haven't done much testing.  
>> Hence the lack of feedback :(.  If MacTeX results in i-Installer and 
>> i-Packages drying up, it begins to sound like a bad thing to support 
>> (killing the goose that lays the golden eggs).
>I disagree. If MacTeX is the thing that works for most users, the 
>i-Package route is inefficient and could be left out. I do think it 
>would in the end mean that MacTeX.pkg would have to become a 

It could be left out, except that MacTeX is a repackaging of i-Packages.  At present, no i-Packages -> no MacTeX.pkg.  And no GUI configuration (X11 anything doesn't count).

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