[OS X TeX] TL 2007

Roussanka Loukanova rloukano at stp.lingfil.uu.se
Thu Apr 12 16:34:59 EDT 2007

On Thu, 12 Apr 2007, Alain Matthes wrote:
> Le 12 avr. 07 à 17:17, Bruno Voisin a écrit :
>> 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.).
> Sorry i don't know because I always use I-installer : 
> /usr/local/gwTeX/bin/powerpc-apple-darwin7.9.0/
> With linux i've  /usr/local/texlive/2007/bin/.... and i think with the mac 
> /usr/local/texlive/2007/bin/powerpc-darwin

Yes, that is right.

> and /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local.


> If you say that with MacTeX I will get exactly the same paths , well why not 
> ?

Perhaps, you could install it and have both distributions gwTeX and 
MacTeX's TeXLive07, for comparisons, while trying to unify the paths of 
gwTeX with TeXLive07 under Linux (and also in parallel, why not try 
another LinuxTeX distr unified with MacTeX's TeXLive07: have I only had 
any chance for your new Mac Pro Super-Powered Leopard...)

> ~/Library/texmf or ~/texmf is the same thing it's possible to set a variable

Without making something special, ~/Library/texmf wouldn't, i.e. doesn't 
work under Linux. To me, it feels for the ideas of the data structure by 
Gerben Wierda and Jerome Laurens. But Bruno perhaps would give better and 
working advices.


>> 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 binaries.
> if the prefix is /usr/local/texlive then
> TEXDIR is set like this :  /usr/local/texlive/2007
> TEXMFHOME  :  $HOME/texmf ( but i can change that if i want)
> TEXMFSYSVAR :  /usr/local/texlive/2007/texmf-var.
> TEXMFLOCAL :   /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local.
> Well finally MacTeX give TeXshop etc... but  I do not use this soft
>> 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.
> Yes i know the advantage but my ydea is to have the same structure on the pc 
> and on the mac, with the same texmf.cnf etc...
> I want to use the same path for my work on the two computers.
>> 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?
> One distribution only one !
>> 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.
> there is no problem : a symbolic link  with /usr/local/texlive/current and 
> you can have two distributions but why ?
>> - You have all environment variables for binaries and man pages set up 
>> automatically, in /etc/profile, /etc/csh.login and 
>> /usr/share/misc/man.conf.
>>> 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.
> it's not big advantages for me.
>> Is this what your questions were about?
> yes thanks for your answer
> Greetings Alain Matthes

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