[OS X TeX] compiling miktex tools

Alex Hamann Alexander.Hamann at stud-mail.uni-wuerzburg.de
Mon Apr 7 10:38:38 EDT 2008

Am 07.04.2008 um 15:54 schrieb Jasper Knockaert:
> Bruno Voisin schreef op 07-04-2008 14:24:
>> 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
> I tried but failed to compile miktex 2.7. Then I went back to  
> version 2.5 which works fine both under Tiger and Leopard.

I am back to 2.5 as well now. Glad to see the problem was not caused  
by my setup.

>> 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.
> The combination of mpm with gwtex always worked perfect for me.

Yes, I think it is ok as long as one is aware what he is installing  
and where to.

>> 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).

Thx for this interesting information.

> I think this is a very relevant development in the tex-on-mac  
> scene, but until it materializes I would nevertheless suggest to go  
> for mpm if you want to keep your tex distribution somewhat up to date.
> Best regards
> Jasper.
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