[OS X TeX] TeXDist preference pane updates

LAURENS Jérôme jerome.laurens at u-bourgogne.fr
Wed May 23 08:17:31 EDT 2007

Short explanation about TeXDist GUI

We can say that the whole TeXDist design is a wrapper over a TeX/ 
LaTeX/ConTeXt distribution.
It is made of

- a wrapper structure, explained in /Library/TeX/Distributions/ 
- the texdist command line tool maintained by Gerben
- a TeXDist Preference Pane to make easy to manage distributions
- a TeX Distribution Helper, which does nothing yet except hiding  
the .texdist contents.

The texdist command line tool and the TeXDist Preference Pane are  
Both have their own version.

You will find the latest versions of  the TeXDist Preference Pane and  
the TeX Distribution Helper at


Normally, standard users should not have to upgrade. This should be  
automatic when installing a new distribution.

However, if you ever plan to install an exotic distribution which is  
not smart enough to update the TeXDist preference pane automagically,
then you should consider to upgrade manually.

The latest version is "build 19". Since the initial "build 6", a bug  
was fixed that appeared only for some forthcoming ConTeXt minimal  
distribution and caused the preferences app to freeze.
Other changes concerned the GUI enhancement, useful for newbies  
essentially, and typos.

Announcements for new versions of the TeXDist preference pane are  
limited to the MacTeX list due to its more technical aspect.
However, if there is some significant enhancement, people will be  
told here too.

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