[OS X TeX] More questions on MacTeX
amunn at msu.edu
Sun Mar 9 16:43:26 EDT 2008
At 9:18 PM +0100 3/9/08, Christoph Hoh wrote:
>first of all thanks a lot for answering my questions regarding the
>MacTeX installation additions and extras. It is very clear to me now.
>Since I do not have a lot of experience in using (La)TeX on a Mac so
>far, I have some more rather fundamental questions on MacTeX:
>- In the MacTeX readme file it is mentioned that the real directory
>structure of the MacTeX installation (e.g. usr/local or
>/usr/local/texlive/2007) is not visible in the Finder. Instead only
>Alias of these directories are accessible under Library/TeX/Root.
> Why is it so?
I think it's in the tradition of lots of other Unix based stuff in OS
X -- it's generally hidden from the Finder so that users don't screw
> Is there a way to see the real directory structure either in
>the Finder or somewhere else?
You can view any part of the hierarchy from within the finder by
using the "Go to Folder" item in the "Go" menu. Type command-shift-G
and then enter the path and it will get you there.)
Also, from within the Finder you can navigate to the distributions
folder inside /Library/TeX to get to the hierarchy of your installed
distributions. (In your case, just TeXLive 2007).
>- Is it correct that "personal" files (e.g. bst-files) should be
>saved under ~/Library/texmf/tex/latex so that MacTeX can access
>these files when needed?
Yes. This is the correct location for the per user customizations.
Note that TeXLive is quite picky about using the correct structures,
so in your ~/Library/texmf you should have a bibtex folder and then
within that bst and bib folders for .bst and .bib files
respectively. My local texmf folder has the following hierarchy (not
bibtex --> bib bst
fonts --> afm map pk source tfm type1
tex --> context latex plain
>- Are all files in this folder (and subfolders) saved under
>/usr/local/texlive/texmf-local/ and are they accessible by any Tex
No, and yes. The ~/Library/texmf folder is accessible to any
distribution, because it is separate from the texmf-local folder of
any particular distribution.
If you are a single user, with one account from which you will use
LaTeX, then putting all your extras into ~/Library/texmf is the
If you have multiple users on the same machine, things are a little
trickier. I make a separate additions folder inside my the
texmf-local folder of each distribution for my system wide additions.
This is a little more work, but it ensures that each user has the
same basic TeX setup, but with the ability to add their own additions
to their ~/Library/texmf folder.
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