[OS X TeX] TL 2007

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Thu Apr 12 11:17:25 EDT 2007

Le 12 avr. 07 à 12:11, Alain Matthes a écrit :

> I would like to have the same distibution on  OS X and Ubuntu, The  
> only solution is to install TL2007 on the MAC
> but i would to know if they are some difficulties :
> With linux i'v texmf in /$HOME and texlive in /usr/local/texlive  
> with now 2007/ and texmf-local/
> is it possible to have the same thing on the mac? perhaps i lost I- 
> installer and ???

I don't quite understand your questions. If you install TeXLive-2007  
through MacTeX <http://www.tug.org/mactex/>, and possibly update it  
using <http://www.tug.org/mactex/morepackages.html>, then that's  
exactly what you will get:

- TexLive itself in /usr/local/texlive/2007/, and empty repository / 
usr/local/texlive/texmf-local/ for system-wide local additions.

- Possibility to put user-specific local additions in ~/Library/ 
texmf. Plus an invisible directory ~/.texlive2007/ managed by TeXLive  
(for auto-generated .pk and .tfm font files, etc.).

All this is defined in /usr/local/texlive/2007/texmf/web2c/texmf.cnf,  
the texmf and texlive directories you mention on Ubuntu corresponding  
I think to the variables TEXMFHOME and SELFAUTOPARENT, respectively,  
where SELFAUTOPARENT is I suppose defined by the location of the tex  

The advantage of installing all this on the Mac through MacTeX  
(rather than from the TeXLive DVD directly) are:

- You have the TeXDist structure created by Gerben Wierda, Jérôme  
Laurens and Dick Koch installed as well. This allows easy access to  
the various TeXLive subdirectories (from /Library/TeX), and easy  
switch between several TeX distributions through a TeX Distribution  
system pref panel. This switch may seem pointless for now, given that  
the two main distributions around are TeXLive-2007 and gwTeX  
currently, and who but a geek would want to have both? But in the  
future, when several TeXlive distributions from different years will  
be available simultaneously, this will allow the co-existence of an  
old TeXLive alongside a brand new TeXLive on a user's hard drive,  
until all compatibility issues are resolved and the user can safely  
delete the old TeXLive.

- You have all environment variables for binaries and man pages set  
up automatically, in /etc/profile, /etc/csh.login and /usr/share/misc/ 

>  but I think for me it's more simple to have synchronicity  between  
> the two distributions

You might probably edit texmf.cnf so that the two Mac and Ubuntu  
setups share the same organization. But if you do so you will lose  
the two above advantages.

Is this what your questions were about?

Bruno Voisin
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