[OS X TeX] Problem with tetex/gwtex and fink

Richard Koch koch at math.uoregon.edu
Wed Oct 3 12:11:08 EDT 2007


One solution to these problems is to install the actual teTeX  
distribution in Fink or MacPorts. This works because the TeX  
Distribution data structure installed by MacTeX recognizes both the  
Fink and MacPorts teTeX distributions. But read on before you do this,  
because earlier versions of MacTeX didn't install this data, and I  
don't believe Gerben installs it.

Note that Fink adds /sw/bin to the start of PATH; MacPorts adds /opt/ 
local/bin to the start of PATH. Thus if you install one of their  
teTeXs and then call TeX from the command line, you'll get teTeX. But  
this problem is easily fixed. Find the hidden file in your home  
directory where PATH is modified; often it is .profile. After that  
modification is made by Fink or MacPorts, add /usr/texbin to the start  
of PATH.

You can tell if you have this TeX Distribution data structure by going  


and checking to see if Fink-teTeX.texdist and MacPorts-teTeX.texdist  
are present.

If your current data structure does not have entries for Fink and  
MacPorts, the easiest way I know to upgrade is to install BasicTeX from


This will install a small 39 meg TeX distribution to /usr/local/ 
texlive/2007basic which you can later remove if you wish, but it will  
also install the required TeX dist data.

Dick Koch
koch at math.uoregon.edu

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