[OS X TeX] personal package : following 2

Alain Schremmer schremmer.alain at gmail.com
Thu Dec 23 22:34:59 EST 2010

On Dec 23, 2010, at 8:48 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:

> On Dec 23, 2010, at 6:03 PM, Alain Schremmer wrote:
>> On Dec 23, 2010, at 2:18 PM, Alan Munn wrote:
>>> Since this is a problem that comes up from time to time, would it  
>>> be possible for the MacTeX installer to check if the ~/Library/ 
>>> texmf folder exists, and if it doesn't create one with the  
>>> appropriate folder structure?  (It's trivial to write a script to  
>>> do this. (I can send you one.) This would probably save very new  
>>> users a lot of frustration. I think many of underestimate how  
>>> familiar users are with how the files on their computer are  
>>> organized, so even the simple "make a bunch of directories" isn't  
>>> as simple a task as we might think.
>> Indeed!
>> I am contemplating moving to new hardware and thus system and I  
>> really would like it for the MacTeX installer to do the entire  
>> installation.
>> Best, hopeful, regards
>> --schremmer
> Howdy,
> Come on Schremmer... after all this time you certainly know how to  
> create your personal texmf tree. The MacTeX installer package does  
> all of the rest for you! Also, if you use the Migration Assistant  
> your complete personal texmf tree will automatically get copied to  
> the new system so there will be no work to do.
> Well, not quite... you should still update the TeX Distribution  
> using the TeX Live Utility (I assume here that the new system will  
> be running something later than Tiger :-)).

Hold on a minute!. I only said that I was "contemplating" the move!  
Let's not get carried away.

Of course, I hope that the new hardware will have the snow leopard.  
But then, the way I am contemplating it, I will make a fresh install  
of MacTex on the new machine and copy only the folders that contain  
the magnum opus so that, since I am nevertheless going to foul up  
something for sure, I will be able to put the new machine in a corner  
and happily continue to TeX on the old one.

Happy holidays to everybody

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