[OS X TeX] Building new formats (MacTeX)

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sun Sep 17 20:33:19 EDT 2006

On Sep 17, 2006, at 6:58 PM, Adam R. Maxwell wrote:

> 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 :).
> Adam


And if you remove files (or the whole folder) from ~/Library/TeXShop/  
it will get recreated at next start. Also the TeXShop.plist file from  

PS: That's a good way to get a ``clean copy'' of one of the files if  
you mess them up when editing.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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