[OS X TeX] Uninstall BasicTex

Curiouslearn curiouslearn at gmail.com
Fri May 8 15:46:52 EDT 2009

Herbert, thanks very much for your reply and suggestions.

Yes, you are right that I was referring to  ~/Library/texmf/tex/latex/
(where ~ is your HOME directory).

The System Preferences->TeX Distribution says TexLive-2008-Basic.

A few months back I installed the Context package for Mac. I wonder whether
that changed some of my settings.

I do have space on my harddisk. If I install MacTex along with Basictex, how
do I ensure that the editor will use the new installation, or is that done
automatically? I suppose I can change the setting from System Preferences.

You pointed out that later I can just go and delete the BasicTex folder
from  /usr/local/texlive if I wish. I followed your instructions just to see
that I know where to find this folder and your instructions work very well.
However, where is this folder located. Is this usr/locals hidden. That is, I
can go there by entering the path as you have suggested. But can I click my
way to it using the Finder.

Thanks again for your help. My main question is, how can I ensure that the
default installation used is the new MacTex installation, when both MacTex
and BasicTeX are installed.


On Fri, May 8, 2009 at 1:28 PM, Herbert Schulz <herbs at wideopenwest.com>wrote:

> On May 8, 2009, at 10:35 AM, Curiouslearn wrote:
>  Hello,
>> It seems somehow my latex installation has been corrupted. The latex
>> cannot
>> find packages that I have installed in library/texmf/tex/latex/
>> Also, the geometry package was not working yesterday, when I tried to
>> compile a file. It did not stop the compilation, but the margins were not
>> what I had specified. I want to restart so that all the paths are correct
>> and all the packages are working fine.
> Howdy,
> I asssume that by library/texmf/tex/latex/ you did mean
> ~/Library/texmf/tex/latex/ (where ~ is your HOME directory).
> What does the System Preferences->TeX Distribution preference pane say
> about the distribution? Did anything happen to the /Library/TeX folder?
> It would be nice to know these things even though you are interested in
> installing the full MacTeX.
>  I had initially installed Basictex. I now want to install the full Mactex.
>> Can please someone tell me how I can cleanly uninstall Basictex. I know I
>> don't have to, but if possible I would like to. Once I have done that, I
>> will reinstall the full mactex.
>> Any help will be greatly appreciated.
> Assuming you have the HD space I'd install MacTeX along with BasicTeX to
> start. Once that's installed Go->Go to Folder (Shift-Cmd-G) command in
> Finder and go to the /usr/local/texlive folder. You can then delete the
> BasicTeX folder; you'll need to use an administrator password to do that.
> That should be it.
> I'd also check the System Preferences->TeX Distribution preference pane to
> make sure it's ``pointing'' to TeXLive-2008.
> Good Luck,
> Herb Schulz
> (herbs at wideopenwest dot com)
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