[OS X TeX] MacTeX-2008

Jean-Claude DE SOZA jeanclaudedesoza at wanadoo.fr
Sat Sep 6 01:05:31 EDT 2008


Le 5 sept. 08 à 18:02, Richard Koch a écrit :

> Folks,
> On Sep 5, 2008, at 1:22 AM, Anthony Morton wrote, after quoting Bruno
>>> Why does MacTeX do that? I plead guilty for this. Initially the  
>>> Perl/Tk install package prepared by Dick Koch installed everything  
>>> exactly as the standard installation procedure, namely scripts in / 
>>> usr/bin. Dick's idea was precisely that people would get exactly  
>>> the same as with the standard install, for compatibility purposes.  
>>> I asked that /usr/local/bin was used instead,
>> And you did the right thing.  No third-party installer should be  
>> putting stuff in /usr/bin, ever.  The only things that belong in  
>> there are components supplied by the OS vendor.  That's a long- 
>> standing Unix-ish convention.
> Bruno completely convinced me of this, and it didn't hurt that Karl  
> Berry chimed in at his most insistent.
> Let me add an important conjecture. I believe that these five  
> binaries are irrelevant. To me they look like EXAMPLES. One, for  
> example, uses Perl/Tk to implement a GUI editor with only a few  
> lines of code. I think we could eliminate the binaries entirely  
> without affecting the use of Perl/Tk for "tlmgr --gui", but I was  
> afraid to try!
> Dick

You are right. I had Tk installed before through CPAN. I deleted the  
five binaries and TeXLive Manager works as usual.
I think we can get rid of these five binaries.

Jean-Claude DE SOZA

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