[OS X TeX] Re: What do I install ?

Bastian Philipps bph at gmx.info
Mon Jan 8 16:50:17 EST 2007

Josep M. Font said the following on 8.1.2007 17:44 Uhr:
> I am a long and satisfied user of TeX, TeXShop, i-Installer, etc...
> I am a normal user (yes, with some expertise), have a broadband 
> connection, and want a single working installation. Do I download and 
> install MacTeX_Additions plus TeXLive-2006 ? Do I use i-Installer 2.87.1 
> ? 

Well, in the end it is like Axel said something of personal taste. I for 
my part out of curiosity downloaded the two TeXLive-2006 packages from 
Richard Koch and tried both.
Both worked like a charm with my rather rudimentary tex-documents (that 
is no fancy packages even though some quite large documents).

What I personally like about the full TeXLive-2006 is the load of 
packages already included in the distri, e.g. I did not need to install 
apacite and jurabib by myself (even if that's quite easy with TCOBrowser).

What I miss though in both packages are some of Gerben's additions, for 
example the GTAMacFonts (well, at least I haven't been able to use 
them). If you need these or other additions from Gerben, I would stick 
to the latest i-installer gwTeX.

> Instructions in <http://www.tug.org/~koch/NewPackages.html> are not
> very clear to me, they seem written more for the beta-testers or the 
> upgraders...

In essence that TeXLive is not final the packages are not deemed "Beta" 
but as far as I can see, no problems there. They installed without any 
problems and work like a charm. AFAIK, Gerben  uses some TeXLive 
binaries from the latest snapshot, too.

> What's the relation between these packages and those
> listed in the "NewPackages" page ?

Well, that's something that make's me curious, too. I assume they are 
the same.
Am I correct, if I assume that e.g. ghostscript in MacTeX-Additions is 
installed directly and not using i-installer in the background?

All the best

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