[OS X TeX] More questions on MacTeX
herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sun Mar 9 16:57:04 EDT 2008
On Mar 9, 2008, at 3:18 PM, Christoph Hoh wrote:
> Dear all,
> 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?
> Is there a way to see the real directory structure either in the
> Finder or somewhere else?
I can only assume that Apple has hidden (at least in the Finder, by
default) things like /usr/, /etc/, /tmp/, etc. from direct view to
keep from confusing most users more than necessary.
If you use Terminal you can see it all.
> - 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?
That's where I put my personal packages, etc. I put personal bib and
bst files in ~/Library/texmf/bibtex/bib/ and ~/Library/texmf/bibtex/
bst/ or subdirectories of those directories.
> - Are all files in this folder (and subfolders) saved under /usr/
> local/texlive/texmf-local/ and are they accessible by any Tex
After inserting items in the proper location in /usr/local/texlive/
texmf-local/ you must run
in Terminal. This builds as listing of files in that subdirectory
(recursively) to speed up file search. This is NOT used for the
personal tree (starting at ~/Library/texmf/) so there is o need to run
texhash when placing files there.
The personal tree (starting at ~/Library/texmf/) is for personal
items, the tree starting at /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local/ is meant
for items to be used by all users of the system (which may be only you).
MacTeX 2008 will install in /usr/local/texlive/2008/ and leave the /
usr/local/texlive/texmf-local/ tree alone. That way items that are
placed there won't be changed or destroyed. You might have to re-
enable fonts that are placed there but that is a different story.
> Thanks a lot in advance!
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)
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