[OS X TeX] Building new formats (MacTeX)
Adam R. Maxwell
amaxwell at mac.com
Sun Sep 17 19:58:03 EDT 2006
On Sep 17, 2006, at 16:43, Gerben Wierda wrote:
> 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.
Good point! It doesn't even require a separate config program,
either; I happen to know that if you remove ~/Library/Application
Support/BibDesk, BibDesk will automatically recreate that directory at
next launch without asking your permission. I think the obvious
lesson is that sneaky developers lull you into a false sense of
security with drag-and-drop :).
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