[OS X TeX] Several Answers at Once

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Thu Jan 18 10:50:15 EST 2007

Le 18 janv. 07 à 12:32, Bruno Voisin a écrit :

> (1) The MacTeX web page <http://www.tug.org/~koch/NewPackages.html>  
> should make clearer the distinction between the TeX back-end (to be  
> chosen among gwTeX.dmg, teTeX.dmg,TeXLive-2007.dmf and  
> TeXLiveMTS-2007.dmg) and the front-end (MacTeX_Additions.dmg). I  
> think this separation should be kept in the future.
> Egoistically, I'm only interested in the TeXLive back-end myself, I  
> install the front-ends separately (as well as others like  
> CocoAspell, texmaker, TeXniscope, TCO Browser, ...), directly in / 
> Applications, and I install the user CLI utilities as well as gwTeX  
> directly with i-Installer.
> But on a more general basis, I think the separation makes things  
> clearer for the novice user (like the existence of several distinct  
> TeXLive packages, and giving hints on what does which), and more  
> convenient for the experienced user (like Enrico, who prefers to  
> use MacPorts or Fink to i-Installer for the back-ends).

On second thought, this was a silly suggestion, only prone to  
generate some of the confusion I've otherwise posted to be worried  

Provided a monolithic MacTeX-2007 package offers the choice to select  
the components to install in a personalized install, and provided one  
TeX distribution only is included, then there is no need to provide  
separate installers, a monolithic installer combining them is more  
straightforward and less confusing for the user.

I just noticed the existence of the link MacTeX-2007.tar.gz at the  
bottom of the "New MacTeX Packages" page <http://www.tug.org/~koch/ 
NewPackages.html>, and the MacTeX-2007 package it points to <http:// 
www.tug.org/~koch/MacTeX-2007.tar.gz> is exactly such an installer.

Bruno Voisin

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