[OS X TeX] TeXLive tree

Ralph Martin Ralph.Martin at cs.cardiff.ac.uk
Mon Oct 30 08:25:38 EST 2006


On 29 Oct 2006, at 09:02:24AM, Gerben Wierda wrote:
>> -- When the old teTeX based system disappears, will there be a way  
>> to automagically transfer stuff one has installed in /usr/local/ 
>> teTeX/share/texmf.local into the ``new'' /usr/local/TeXLive/ 
>> texmf.local? I mean something other than command line trickery.  
>> Would it be possible, when the i-package is ripe enough, to add  
>> such a migration feature?
> No. The complexity of this is beyond automatic systems. Think or  
> instance that hyphenation file names have changed, the set of  
> available languages have changed and how you would automate going  
> from one set to the other. I have looked into this and if it would  
> have been possible I would have done this as it is easiest for the  
> user.

I disagree. This is completely beyond ME!

I have NO idea which of the stuff in texmf.local I have put there at  
some time in the past, for some particular reason, and which was put  
there by the system. I cannot possibly tell which to move by hand.

This is like the old argument about garbage collection "memory  
management is too important for the computer to do it automatically"  
vs "its too important to trust the programmers to do it". :-) I'm in  
the LISP / Java camp on this one... :-)

Best wishes

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