[OS X TeX] Keeping TeX installations synchronized between machines
"M. Tamer Özsu"
tozsu at sympatico.ca
Mon Jan 4 21:39:58 EST 2010
You install Dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/) on all the computers that you wish to sync. Then you can put symbolic links in the dropbox folder to the texmf and TeXShop folders. Anytime something changes in one of these places, dropbox will sync the other machines that you have registered and that are connected. Disconnected ones will sync when they get connected. If you are not connected to the network, as you ask, I don't know of any method that would be able to sync. There is a video at the site above that should get you going and you can register for free access up to 2GB of use (should be plenty for texmf and TeXShop folders).
On Mon 4-Jan-10, at 8:17 PM, Chris Goedde wrote:
> On Jan 4, 2010, at 5:17 PM, M. Tamer Özsu wrote:
>> I use Dropbox for this purpose. Works like a charm.
> Can you elaborate? What part(s) do you synchronize, and how? What do you do when you don't have internet access?
> The problem from my point of view is the way various things are scattered in different folders. I use rsync to synchronize my home and work desktops, which works great, but for TeX I have to specify a number of different places to synchronize.
> Maybe this would be a good request for the MacTeX people: Would it be possible to organize all the user-specific files for everything in MacTeX in one place, like ~/Library/MacTeX or ~/Documents/MacTex? This would require some coordination with some developers, but I think it would be a great feature.
>> On Mon 4-Jan-10, at 3:07 PM, Chris Goedde wrote:
>>> Does anyone here have any suggestions for keeping TeX installations synchronized between machines? I have three machines that I regularly use (work desktop, home desktop, laptop), and it's sort of a pain to keep things synchronized so that I have the same environment everywhere.
>>> I'm talking about everything, not just the main TeX installation and app versions, but also all local files (currently under ~/Library/texmf), all TeXShop files (macros, engines, etc), things related to BibDesk, blah, blah, blah.
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