[OS X TeX] Keeping TeX installations synchronized between machines
schremmer.alain at gmail.com
Tue Jan 5 22:19:53 EST 2010
On Jan 5, 2010, at 6:30 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:
> On Jan 5, 2010, at 5:24 PM, Chris Goedde wrote:
>> On Jan 5, 2010, at 5:15 PM, M. Tamer Özsu wrote:
>>> But you are assuming that everyone is using TeXShop as their
>>> front-end for latex processing and Bibtex for managing their
>>> bibliographies. This is not the case; there are many who use
>>> emacs or other front-ends and for them, ~/Library/TeXShop or ~/
>>> Library/Application Support/BibDesk. What you are proposing would
>>> require all tex and related software developers to agree to a
>>> single location, which is unlikely.
>> Actually, I'm assuming the opposite, which is why I think it would
>> be great for the user if the MacTeX people and the developers of
>> various tex-related apps agreed on a common location for support
>> files. Do people really think the current situation is better than
>> having all the support files in subfolders of ~/Library/
>> Application Support/TeX? Why?
>> Anyway, it's not worth arguing about, it's just a suggestion.
> I'd assume that folks would take their cue from Apple's behavior
> and that is totally inconsistent!
1) Back when the Mac came out, people said that it didn't conform to
the general idea of what a computer ought to be. I well remember
people saying that it was a "nice toy".
2) Apple has not always been consistent or smart or nice. I remember
someone saying Apple ought to have a clock in the menu bar. Apple
derided the idea and he made one. Eventually, Apple did it
themselves---rather than buy the existing one. What were they saying?
Something like "If it has not been invented at Apple it doesn't exist"?
So, I still think that when someone wants to move her/his stuff from
a desktop to a laptop and be able to work, it should be a one-button
click matter. And, eventually, it will be.
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