[OS X TeX] MacTeX vs TeX Live

Richard Koch koch at math.uoregon.edu
Sun Feb 3 15:48:07 EST 2008


MacTeX is indeed just TeX Live. It may help to know how the package is  
constructed. We first rename /usr/local. Then we install the full TeX  
Live from the TeX User Group's DVD, which creates a new /usr/local.  
All questions in the install script are answered with the default  
except one: the user's local tree is placed in ~/Library/texmf rather  
than ~/texmf.

Then Apple software constructs an install package from this /usr/ 
local. The install package does a few other things like installing the  
TeX Distribution data structure, but  the /usr/local TeX Live package  
is "completely vanilla."

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On Feb 3, 2008, at 12:06 PM, Arcadio Rubio García wrote:

> Hi,
> I've used MacTeX since last year. I'm wandering what's the  
> difference between MacTeX and TeX Live installed through MacPorts.
> Isn't MacTeX just TeX Live packaged with Ghostscript + Image Magick  
> + some GUI apps? Or are there any other differences?

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