[OS X TeX] manual

Victor Ivrii vivrii at gmail.com
Sat Sep 20 23:21:16 EDT 2008

On Sat, Sep 20, 2008 at 10:41 PM, Richard Koch <koch at math.uoregon.edu> wrote:
> Folks,
> On Sep 20, 2008, at 6:30 PM, Victor Ivrii wrote:
>> Sufficient to type on terminal
>> %tlmgr --help
No one (except me) in my Dept who installed MacTeX2008 (few bothered)
or asked me to install it ever bothered to read documentation or will
ever to do it. So everyone who remembers

sudo tlmgr update -all

should be considered as a specialist and everyone who remembers
anything else should be called an expert :-(

> As an old Unix hand, tlmgr --help was probably enough for Victor. It wasn't
> enough for me. As a Mac person, for instance, I expected the gui to ask for
> authentication when it needed  root permission, so the "sudo" in "sudo tlmgr
> install --all" didn't come naturally.
> Luckily, there is lots of documentation and users can take their pick.


 %texdoc tlmgr

is nowhere mentioned despite being the most TeXish. Since tlmgr
changes (probably not core functionality) I wanted to point out on the
changing documentation.

BTW documentation does not reflect the fact that

tlmgr update --all    (with root power)

not only updates outdated packages but installs new ones and in a very
intelligent way (packages which are binaries for other platforms are
not installed).


Again, Richard, thanks for MacTeX2008 (and to 2007 too)


Victor Ivrii, Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto

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