[OS X TeX] New Version of MacTeX-2008

Richard Koch koch at math.uoregon.edu
Mon Dec 29 15:21:59 EST 2008


I have updated MacTeX-2008, MacTeX-Additions, and BasicTeX on CTAN. It  
may take a few days for these updates to appear on mirror sites. The  
new versions are apparent when running the installer because the  
Welcome page shows a date of December 29, 2008. On CTAN,  
MacTeX-2008.mpkg.zip is actually a link to a filename with a date,  
currently MacTeX-20081229.mpkg.zip, so a close look at CTAN will  
reveal the version. The CTAN directory also contains an md5 sum to  
verify that the download was successful.

Here are the changes:

	a) TeXLive-2008 now contains a repaired tlmgr and updated packages as  
of December 29.

	b) Ghostscript is version 8.63 rather than the older 8.62.

	c) BibDesk, LaTeXiT, and TeXShop are updated (the TeXShop updates are  
minor localization issues and a new latexmk engine from Herbert Schulz)

The main purpose of these updates it to provide a fixed tlmgr so new  
users can update packages without worrying about bugs in the original  


If you already have MacTeX-2008, it is a waste of time to get the  
update because

	a) You can update TeXLive-2008 with Adam Maxwell's TeX Live Utility.  
Indeed, I constructed the new TeXLive-2008 by installing the DVD  
version and then using TeX Live Utility to update. TeX Live Utility is  
not yet in MacTeX because I'm waiting for Adam to give the go-ahead.  
But I had no trouble using the version he just announced on the list.

	b) If you really, really want Ghostscript 8.63 and you haven't gotten  
it some other way, you can obtain it at


	c) BibDesk, LaTeXiT, and TeXShop can all be updated directly from  
their web pages.

Dick Koch

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