[OS X TeX] Building new formats (MacTeX)

Gerben Wierda Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Sun Sep 17 19:43:53 EDT 2006

On Sep 18, 2006, at 01:32 , Adam R. Maxwell wrote:

> On Sep 17, 2006, at 13:23, Rowland McDonnell wrote:
>> [I'm not going to use some software that does what i-installer does:
>> make large changes to the data on my computer without me having the
>> faintest idea what it's doing.
>> Isn't that normal prudent computer management?]
> Prudent, perhaps, but not typical; Apple's Installer makes large  
> changes to the data on your computer every time you install a  
> software update, for instance (anyone remember that broken iTunes  
> update fiasco?).  MacTeX has the same black-box limitations.  As  
> far as that goes, any installer program does, which is why I prefer  
> drag-and-drop installation.

Apple also suggests this as a first method. But what most drag-and- 
drop installs do is also install some configuration program which is  
then being called the first time you try to run the program. Think  
Microsoft Office, for instance.


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