[OS X TeX] Where to put local additions to texmf?

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Tue Jan 16 19:06:42 EST 2007

Am 17.01.2007 um 00:14 schrieb Bruno Voisin:

> and on the belief that TexmfLocal is were local additions should  
> go, I am under the impression that these additions should go to / 
> usr/local/gwTeX/texmf.pkgs for gwteX [...]

That's what Gerben wrote last year and which I can (seem to) clearly  
remember. (But then the sequence in TeX search path, which Maarten  
found, is incorrectly configured.)

> On the other hand, based on the criterion that the local additions  
> should go to the one place that is in no case erased or overwritten  
> by either installer package (the TeX i-Package, or the TeXLive-200*  
> MacTeX package), then one is back to /usr/local/gwTeX/texmf.local  
> for gwTeX, and /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local for MacTeX.
> There must be a flaw somewhere in this reasoning, but where?

It is in you! It's not the i-Installer "that knows what to delete"  
but it's in the i-Package bundle. I am sure i-Installer can  
distinguish between an old teTeX and a newer more TeX Live based  
distribution, so even an elder i-Installer won't delete the branch  
with the local additions, which is /usr/local/teTeX/texmf.local for  
teTeX and /usr/local/gwTeX/texmf.pkgs for gwTeX. Systematic additions  
installed by i-Installer, go in gwTeX into /usr/local/gwTeX/ 
texmf.local, which are ConTeXt and XeTeX. The user(s)'s additions go  
into /usr/local/gwTeX/texmf.pkgs, as was mentioned in conjunction  
with mpm. (I don't use Mac Geek TeX, so I cite by heart.)

How did you find your conclusion? If MacTeX is really deleting /usr/ 
local/gwTeX/texmf.pkgs then you've found a bug!



A common mistake that people make when trying to design something  
completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete  

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