[OS X TeX] TeXLive-2006 Problem on PowerPC

Richard Koch koch at math.uoregon.edu
Wed Jan 3 14:34:14 EST 2007


Two people, Franck Pastor and Alessandro Andretta, reported problems  
running TeXLive-2006 on PowerPC machines. Their GUI front ends  
couldn't find pdflatex.

This problem turns out to come from an error in the TeXDist data  
structure. To fix it

	sudo bash
	cd /Library/TeX/Distributions/.FactoryDefaults/TeXLive-2006/Contents/ 
	rm powerpc
	ln -s ../../../../../../../usr/local/texlive/2006/bin/powerpc- 
darwin  powerpc

This error has two causes. Gerben's gwTeX package writes the wrong  
value for this link (in TeXLive-2004, 2005, and 2006). Presumably  
this will soon be fixed. The MacTeX 2005 and 2006 packages should  
rewrite the texdist data for the distribution being installed, but  
don't if this data already exists. So although MacTeX writes the  
correct value, it doesn't fix mistakes. This will be fixed in the  
next release.

koch at math.uoregon.edu

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