[OS X TeX] Problem with tetex/gwtex and fink
koch at math.uoregon.edu
Wed Oct 3 15:42:21 EDT 2007
Holger Schulz has explained why he doesn't want to go the TeX Dist
route, and I respect that.
Bruno's summary shows that my previous email wasn't clear. Let me try
I proposed that Holger install the full Fink distribution of teTeX,
and then use Jerome Lauren's TeX Distribution preference pane to
switch between gwTeX and teTeX. The advantage on the Fink side is that
other Fink packages dependent on TeX would install without pain and
the problems with system-tetex could be avoided. Presumably Holger
would use the TeX Dist panel to choose gwTeX; then the advantage on
the TeX side is that all GUI apps would use gwTeX and Terminal
operations would also use gwTeX. I am a fan of Jerome and Gerben's
work because it reliably solves problems with multiple TeX
distributions on a machine.
So, how to do that? There are two problems. The first problem, common
to Fink's teTeX and MacPort's teTeX, but not to other distributions,
is that Fink resets the user's PATH variable so it always searches /sw/
bin first. Gerben (and MacTeX) also reset PATH, but they add /usr/
texbin to the end of PATH rather than the beginning. To fix this
problem, we add /usr/texbin to the start of PATH after Fink has made
its modification. After that change, PATH will be exactly as set by
Fink whenever teTeX is chosen in the panel, but when geTeX is chosen
in the panel then TeX binaries will be found in gwTeX, but other Fink
binaries will be found in Fink.
The other problem is that i-Installer doesn't add the very small data
structure for Fink's teTeX and MacPort's teTeX. This data IS added by
all of the current MacTeX packages. The obvious solution to this
problem is for me to make a little install package to add the missing
data, or for Gerben to make a little i-Installer package to add the
missing data. But I have other things on my plate, and I'm too lazy to
do it, and Gerben has much more still on his plate.
So to get just that little extra data, if you didn't install from
MacTeX, you'll need to reinstall SOMETHING from MacTeX. This something
could be TeX Live and 600 megs, or gwTeX, and 300 megs. Instead, I
proposed installing BasicTeX because it is only 38 megs. The sole
reason to install BasicTeX is to get that little extra Fink tex-
distribution data because I'm lazy.
After you are done, you'll have no more use for BasicTeX, which is
entirely installed in /usr/local/texlive/2007basic, so this entire
folder can be thrown away.
koch at math.uoregon.edu
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