[OS X TeX] MacTeX - a few questions

Franck Pastor pastor at fusl.ac.be
Sat Feb 24 06:16:30 EST 2007

Le 24-févr.-07 à 11:04, Daniel Becker a écrit :

> 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?

Good question. I don't know myself...

> **** 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  
> using.
> **** 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?

The latter "MacTeX.dmg" does not install gwTeX anymore, instead it  
installs the full version of TeXLive2007. If you still want to use or  
update gwTeX, you have now to use the i-installer by yourself. By the  
way, i-installed can be installed by MacTeX :-)

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

Oh yes. And I have another questions: what are the "fonts utilities"  
installed by MacTeX? (Fondu? Fontforge?)

Franck Pastor

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