Macports without tetex (was: Re: [OS X TeX] Re: Multi-distribution woes)

Enrico Franconi franconi at
Tue May 22 14:43:53 EDT 2007

On 21 May 2007, at 19:51, M A wrote:

> it is possible (and probably desirable) to be able to install  
> software such as gnuplot without having to install a whole new (or  
> make that old and getting-outdated) TeX distribution. To allow  
> macports to find your already installed latex copy /opt/local/etc/ 
> ports/ports.conf to ~/.macports/ports.conf (create the  
> directory .macports if it doesn't exist already) and add the  
> following lines to the end of the file:
> # Set the bin path so it can find tex stuff.
> binpath
> /opt/local/bin:/opt/local/sbin:/bin:/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/ 
> X11R6/bin:/usr/texbin

I have done this. However, when I try to install, say, dvipdfmx from  
macports, still macports attempts at downloading, compiling and  
installing tetex.
How can we install tex-dependent binaries in macports without  
downloading, compiling and installing tetex, but relying on the  
mactex distribution?
What is your solution supposed to do?


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