[OS X TeX] TLU broke my symlink
herbs at wideopenwest.com
Mon Jun 7 13:53:11 EDT 2010
On Jun 7, 2010, at 12:39 PM, Justin C. Walker wrote:
> Following up...
> On Jun 7, 2010, at 05:22 , Richard Koch wrote:
>> The symbolic link /usr/texbin is created when MacTeX is installed. It points to a hidden folder in the TeX Distribution Data structure. On Intel, it points to
>> But actually, Contents is also a link, which is changed when a TeX Distribution is set to active. This links points to the data structure for the active distribution. In this indirect way, /usr/texbin points to the location of Intel binaries in the active distribution.
>> If it is pointing to opt/..., then the distribution believes that Macports has the active distribution.
> *After* I discovered the "opt" symlink, I opened the TeX pref panel. When it opened it displayed the 4 distributions I have installed (TL2008, TL2009, TL2010, MacPorts). Then it did a little jig and suddenly there was only one (MacPorts).
> So: it's possible I did something (e.g., brought the metal plate in my head too close to my system) to provoke it, but I don't think the pref panel was the culprit.
> Am I correct in assuming that the pref panel caches the state of the distributions, displays it on the next startup, and after that, verifies the setup?
> If not, then I'm really confused.
This sounds as though /Library/TeX/ is broken. Not sure how you fix that.
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