[OS X TeX] Local Switcher and TeXLive2008

Claus Gerhardt gerhardt at math.uni-heidelberg.de
Wed Sep 3 19:16:25 EDT 2008

The short version: Local Switcher doesn't mess around with the System,  
instead it installs a symbolic link to the tex distribution in ~, as  
well as a link to the man pages. Installation of texlive is also clean  
and transparent, since only texlive's installer script, install-tl, is  
run with the default options.

The long version: See the link below.

I am not claiming that MacTeX's installation is not transparent, but  
to me it is a black box that messes around with the System, which I  
don't like. Removing Local Switcher's texlive installation and the  
symbolic links is easy: Move the two symbolic links in ~ and /usr/ 
local/texlive/2008/ to the trash.


On Sep 4, 2008, at 0:28, Herbert Schulz wrote:

> On Sep 3, 2008, at 3:55 PM, Claus Gerhardt wrote:
>> In order to install texlive2008 with the help of Local Switcher  
>> version 7 of Local Switcher is necessary.
>> http://www.math.uni-heidelberg.de/studinfo/gerhardt/TeX-Switcher.html
>> Claus
> Howdy,
> Just curious. What does Local Switcher do that isn't also done by  
> the TeX Distribution System Preference Pane?
> Good Luck,
> Herb Schulz
> (herbs at wideopenwest.com)
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