[OS X TeX] Keeping TeX installations synchronized between machines
alessandroandretta at mac.com
Thu Jan 7 04:14:17 EST 2010
Thanks Simon and Enrico, everything works like a charm!
On 6 Jan 2010, at 22:27, Enrico Franconi wrote:
> 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 like:
>> 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 iDisk.
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