[OS X TeX] Keeping TeX installations synchronized between machines
franconi at inf.unibz.it
Wed Jan 6 16:27:56 EST 2010
You can install a very useful contextual menu item to create on the
fly symbolic links of selected files/folders:
On 6 Jan 2010, at 21:08, Simon Spiegel wrote:
> On 06.01.2010, at 17:53, Alessandro Andretta wrote:
>> Dear All,
>> could you explain what a sym link is? and, more importantly how to
>> set it up?
>> I am using my iDisk to sync my documents between computers.
>> I tried to put an alias in ~/Library/texmf pointing to the files on
>> the iDisk, but did not work.
> A symlink is something like an alias, but not quite the same. It
> also refers to a location on your hard drive, but comes from the
> Unix side. Symlinks are created in the shell, aliases in the Finder.
> The main difference between symlinks and aliases is that a symlink
> is completely transparent, meaning that the file system handles the
> symlink exactly like the place it refers to which is not the case
> with aliases.
> To create an alias you have to go the Terminal and enter something
> ln -s target link_name
> So let's say you put your personal texmf tree on your iDisk, you had
> to do something like this:
> Open the terminal
> Go to ~/Library with 'cd ~/Library'
> then create a symlink in ~/Library which refers to the texmf folder
> on your iDisk 'ln -s /Volumes/nameofyouriDisk/texmf'
> After this, LaTeX will automatically use the texmf directory on your
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