[OS X TeX] problem using /opt/local instead of /usr/local/

Christopher Brewster C.Brewster at dcs.shef.ac.uk
Thu Sep 11 08:56:29 EDT 2008

> On 11 Sep 2008, at 13:42, Bruno Voisin wrote:
> ....
> Are you really sure the TeX Distribution panel in System Prefs  
> points to TeXLive-2007 not MacPorts-teTeX? You can check by looking  
> for example at the symlink /Library/TeX/Root: the Finder should  
> report it an alias of /usr/local/texlive/2007 if the panel is  
> correctly configured.

Yes it is reported by Finder as an alias of texlive

> I'm not sure deleting /opt/local would solve the problem. Is /usr/ 
> texbin really in PATH? What do you get with "echo $PATH"? Here  
> without MacPorts I'm getting:
> $ echo $PATH
> /usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/texbin:/usr/X11/bin
christopher-brewsters-macbook-pro-15:~ kiffer$ echo $PATH

> If none of this points at the solution, then I must admit I'm lost.
> Are you using Tiger (OS X 10.4) by the way, or Leopard? Pre-Leopard  
> systems differ from Leopard in the way PATH (and MANPATH) are  
> constructed (see <http://www.uoregon.edu/~koch/LeopardTeXFix.rtf>).  
> MacTeX-2008, and a relatively recent version of MacTeX-2007, should  
> take care of both situations, but if you did a system migration from  
> a Tiger machine to a Leopard one using Apple's Migration Assistant,  
> you may have Tiger setup files hanging around in Leopard. Normally  
> that should be harmless, but Murphy may be at work here.

I am on Leopard completely up to date. I did a clean install of  
everything including TexLive 2007 in December or some time then.

> Disk space and bandwidth allowing, you may also just install MacTeX  
> 2008 and see what happens.

I will do that and report back.

Thank you for your comments ....

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