[OS X TeX] MacTeX - a few questions

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Sat Feb 24 16:23:07 EST 2007

Le 24 févr. 07 à 21:07, Richard Koch a écrit :

> MacTeX doesn't change the permissions of /Applications/TeX if it  
> already exists. The MacTeX package for gwTeX doesn't install  
> anything in /Applications/TeX. Thus I conjecture that everyone  
> reporting this permissions problem used i-Installer to obtain gwTeX  
> sometime in the past.

I'm not sure what you mean. I have the same problem as Frank and  
Roussanka, namely I have to authenticate (being an admin) every time  
I want to modify the content of /Applications/TeX. Not knowing  
whether this is normal behaviour, I never reported it, but it doesn't  
feel right.

Two more things:

- For /Applications/TeX the permissions are:

drwxr-xr-x   14 root      admin    476 Feb 13 09:14 TeX

- I have been installing gwTeX (and teTeX long before that) using i- 

> Instead, it was caused by i-Installer when it installed gwTeX.  
> Gerben installs a small optional application in /Applications/TeX  
> during this installation. Just now I blew away /Applications/TeX  
> and /usr/local/gwTeX and reinstalled using i-Installer; sure  
> enough, the new TeX folder had permissions
> 	drwxr-xr-x.

Do you mean all the problems are caused by TeXDistTool.app (appearing  
as TeX Distribution Helper in the Finder)? Personally I never saw the  
use of this application, whose only function seems to be launching  
TeX Distribution in System Preferences.

Bruno Voisin

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