[OS X TeX] MacTeX - a few questions

Daniel Becker daniel.becker at uni-rostock.de
Sat Feb 24 05:04:26 EST 2007

Dear list,

first of all: Congratulations for the MacTeX-release to all who  
deserve credit (quite a few, I guess) - it is really impressive. All  
looks very much how it should on a mac. It feels as if one could tell  
a newbie to download the two dmg's (MacTeX.dmg and MacTeXextras.dmg),  
use them and ready you are with a software setup that is very much up  
to date, including GUIs.

Wonderful. My impression is that the dust has almost settled and that  
the situation for TeX on OS X is really very good now, as it used to be.

A few questions nevertheless:

**** I found out that the folder Applications/TeX is not owned by  
myself but by the system. The account I am using is an administrator  
account, but still I am not allowed to modify the content of  
Applications/TeX. Is this how it should be? If yes - why?

**** I also saw that during the install, I had older versions of  
BibDesk and TeXShop in Applications/TeX, but later on, they  
disappeared. This means that the installer checks which System I am  

**** I used to install gwtex in expert mode. There where many  
decisions I had to take. Am I correct that mactex installs everything  
with the idea of "you get everything" and if if I feel the need for  
example for full font-inclusion, I run the configure stage via  
iinstaller that is still used to take care of my installation in the  
background? But where a the i-packages for mactex/texlive2007?

Maybe it is an misunderstanding and it is not possible to configure  
mactex as I was used to with gwtex? Is this then one of the reasons  
to use gwtex instead of mactex/texlive?

I hope these questions are of interest to others as well.


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