[OS X TeX] How Long...
herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sat Jun 21 20:25:37 EDT 2008
On Jun 21, 2008, at 7:11 PM, Ross Moore wrote:
> I don't think that is the best attitude to adopt.
> A later distribution may well have extra packages and
> software tools that *will* work under the older OS.
> A user may well think that the easiest way to get these
> is from the later MacTeX distribution.
> But if trying to install this way forces other changes that lead
> to a non-working system, with no easy way to reverse the unwanted
> changes, then there's a potential disaster lurking here.
> Devising installation procedures to avoid this trap could well be
> quite tricky. Simply demanding that *only* the later OS can be used
> is not an acceptable solution, IMO.
The software in the MacTeXtras part of the distribution consists of
separate dmg or zip file for each application or other item. There is
a pdf file that lists the OS versions that will work with as well as
active links to the web sites for the software. E.g., the Aquamacs
Emacs URL is given as <http://aquamacs.org/> and the latest version,
to be supplied as part of the MacTeXtras will be 1.4 which only runs
under Tiger and Leopard but you can still get version 1.3b via that
Note: the TeX distribution itself, TeX Live 2008, will operate on
Panther, Tiger and Leopard. What the future will bring I can't predict.
You're right that there should be a repository of the distributions so
when Panther support ends one can still get the last version that
supports that OS version. On the other hand, when you join TUG you get
the TeX Live DVD and you need only save that.
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)
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