[OS X TeX] MacTeX - a few questions
rloukano at stp.lingfil.uu.se
Sun Feb 25 07:26:38 EST 2007
On Sat, 24 Feb 2007, Richard Koch wrote:
>> 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 can now explain this. Thanks to Roussanka Loukanova for providing the
> crucial information.
Well, Bruno has been leading me last days, so just everything came in
conjunction with that work... See more detail:
> MacTeX-2007 sets the permissions and owner of /Applications/TeX to
> drwxrwxr-x 8 root admin 272 Feb 24 09:45 TeX
> so users in the admin group can modify the contents. Thus Daniel's problem
> wasn't caused by MacTeX.
> 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
> 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.
This was the case on my MacBook Pro:
1. Installed 1.1 MacAdditions + 1.2 gwTeX + 1.3 TeXLive-2006;
1.4 regular updates
2. Uninstalling everything + Deleting /Applications/TeX +
Uninstalling gwTeX + i-Installer
3. Carefully followed the order:
3.1 Installing i-Installer, gwTeX via i-Installer + the
additional i-packages (following the order recommended about
the mid of Gerben's description at:
BTW, this is one of the most useful descriptions of TeX that I've being
following in the last years.
3.2 MacTeX Additions + TeXLive-2007
3.3 Double-checking up the i-Installer and via it the other
i-Packages (just in case, because MacTeX Additions adds up
i-Installer + etc too, and I was never sure how that summed up).
4. regular updates
5. few days ago:
Uninstalling MacAdditions + TeXLive-2007
6. But, during and after (5), I forgot to make sure if the directory
/Applications/TeX was removed by the Uninstallation or not, and what were
the permissions: most like all that existed as it were after (3).
7. Installed mactex.tar.gz from
8. Updated gwTeX
9. Problems with gwTeX for the Bulgarian language package bgtex-v3:
gwTeX could not place the external fonts grmn* where it was supposed to:
/private/var/tmp/texfonts, but would put them into the local directory of
the example.tex file. (I tested this within bgtex-v3 and withing another
directory external to bgtex-v3, but at the same directory tree level.)
Bruno worked with me on that, as posted on the list, and guessed,
properly, that there was a permission problem. Bruno abandoned my efforts,
but I continued on my own looking around for permissions :) I used the
Disc Utility to check up and repair permissions (I'll write separately
10. Dick came up into the story and suggested what he did himself.
I did the following, as ordered:
sudo rm -rf /Applications/TeX
10.2 Deleted /usr/local/gwTeX
10.3 Kept /usr/local/texlive (for the additional bgtex-v3)
10.4 Installed MacTeX-2007 package from <http://www.tug.org/mactex/> (with
everything in it).
10.5 Installed gwTeX with i-Installer.
10.6 the fix in gwTeX and TeXLive-07 for the beamer
The permissions are fixed as Dick wanted them
drwxrwxr-x 46 root admin 1564 Feb 24 21:50 Applications
drwxrwxr-x 8 root admin 272 Feb 24 22:36 Applications/TeX
But also, magically: gwTeX generated and placed the grmn* fonts where it
is supposed to, "/private/var/tmp/texfonts/", not in the local directory
of example1.tex (bgtex and tests).
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