[OS X TeX] compiling miktex tools

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Mon Apr 7 08:24:11 EDT 2008

On 7 avr. 08, at 13:52, Alex Hamann wrote:

> was anybody capable of compiling the latest miktex tools for unix?
> My make failed with miktex-2.7.2960 under Tiger 10.4.11, cmake 2.4.8  
> and libcurl 7.18.0

Before people invest too much time attempting to mix mpm with MacTeX:  
mpm (MikTeX's Package Manager) isn't intended to work with TeXLive and  
in the long run may cause inconsistencies inside a TeXlive  
installation, depending on where you instruct it to put updated  
packages (say /usr/local/texlive/2007/texmf-dist, or /usr/local/ 
texlive/texmf-local, or ~/Library/texmf), with updates to TeXLive  
replacing or not the package updates installed by mpm.

In email exchanges on the MacTeX mailing list, Karl Berry, one of the  
chief TeXLive architects, has advocated several times against mixing  
mpm with TeXLive. Actually, the TeXLive team has been working on a new  
infrastructure and tool to make interim package updates for TeXLive,  
pretty much the same way as mpm does but compatible with TeXLive. The  
work isn't finished yet, but it's hoped to be in place for this year's  
TeXLive release (whenever that might be).

An overview of this work may be found at


Bruno Voisin

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