[OS X TeX] final tex live 2007
rloukano at stp.lingfil.uu.se
Thu Feb 22 11:12:27 EST 2007
On Thu, 22 Feb 2007, Bruno Voisin wrote:
> Speaking about <http://www.tug.org/~koch/NewPackages.html> (I don't know
> what's the situation exactly with <http://www.tug.org/mactex/>, I'm not using
> it any longer):
> - MacTeX_Additions.dmg contains a selection of GUI applications (TeXShop,
> BibDesk, LaTeXiT, Excalibur, i-Installer), plus the Unix programs used by TeX
> (essentially GhostScript, ImageMagick, FreeType, installed as i-Packages with
> the corresponding receipts, so as to allow future update via i-Installer),
> but not TeX itself.
> - TeX itself, available in 4 variants:
> * gwTeX.dmg: Gerben Wierda's subset of TeX Live 2007, identical to what
> would be installed by the corresponding i-Package in i-Installer.
> * TeXLive-2007.dmg: the full TeX Live 2007, identical to what would be
> installed from the TeX Live DVD (with a few added bits to avoid the
> configuration hassle associated with the Unix origins of TeX Live).
> * teTeX.dmg: the deprecated teTeX-based gwTeX i-Package, as used to be
> available through i-Installer. Forget about it.
> * TeXLiveMTS-2007.dmg: a subset of the TeX Live 2007 DVD, designed to mimick
> gwTeX. That was an attempt which I think will be discontinued.
> Hence the choice is essentially between TeXLive-2007.dmg and gwTeX.dmg.
> - Another component, not mentioned at this page, is Herb Schulz's MacTeXtras
> <http://www.tug.org/mactex/MacTeXtras.dmg> containing for example CocoAspell,
> TCOBrowser, TeXniscope, and so forth, corresponding to the directory
> At the bottom of the page <http://www.tug.org/~koch/NewPackages.html> you can
> find an all-in-one archive mactex.tar.gz containing:
> Personally I have two TeX installs (plus Textures, but that's another story):
> - mactex.tar.gz, for maximum compatibility with the TeX setups of colleagues
> all over the world.
> - gwTeX, installed via i-Installer, for maximum reliability and consistency.
> I prefer to use i-Installer for this, as I install in Expert mode and
> introduce a number of customizations during the Configure stage. This avoids
> having to run updmap, mktexlsr and texconfig afterwards from the command
This mactex.tar.gz at the very bottom of the site, puzzled me from the
time it appeared. Now, you dispelled the mystery (almost, since I haven't
seen it). I want to try these too, but if you could separate some more
time with some more advise:
1. Before installing mactex.tar.gz, should I uninstall some of what I
already have (MacTeX_Additions, TeXLive-2007). If yes, which parts?
Perhaps, I can keep at least Font Utilities, Ghostscript, and ImageMagick.
Right? What about i-Installer: Is there something specific, because
mactex.tar.gz would, perhaps, attempt to install it?
2. I did the Full mode of gwTeX install. But I am tempted (very much
indeed) to try he expert mode, if you would give some guidelines. (Some
time ago, I dared that with the deprecated-now teTeX. I'm not sure
if I grasped what I did, but whatever, teTeX worked greatly.)
And, as in (1), should I first uninstall the current gwTeX installation?
I have the latest version, installed via i-Installer? (If yes, this should
be easy with i-Installer.)
> Switching between the two distributions via JÃ©rÃ´me Laurens' TeX Distribution
> system pref panel is a breeze.
> Hope this helps,
> Bruno Voisin
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