[OS X TeX] simple question: where are the tex directories on a mac?

George Gratzer gratzer at me.com
Tue Jun 29 12:14:20 EDT 2010

Of course, if you use

Path Finder 5 by Cocoatech

you can see everything. Life is much easier that way. I do not know how I would install additional fonts without it.

As to you own style file, put it in the same folder as your working document. Style files change; it is nice to have them wit the documents they produce. You will appreciate that years down the road.


On 2010-06-29, at 7:56 AM, Richard Koch wrote:

> Dieter,
> If you installed MacTeX, then go to
> 	/Applications/TeX
> Inside, you will find a document "What Is Installed.pdf" which explains where everything is installed.
> We install TeX in a directory owned by root, so you cannot write to that location without using
> (easy) Unix tricks. But you can look at TeX by going to /Library/TeX/Root, which will
> then make visible the entire elaborate directory structure of TeX. This Root folder is a symbolic
> link to
> 	/usr/local/texlive/2009
> where TeX is actually installed. 
> Here /Library is not the Library folder in your home directory, but instead the system Library
> folder visible by clicking on the icon for your hard disk.
> You'll add files by putting them in ~/Library/texmf. This time ~/Library is the Library folder in your
> home directory, so you have write access there and can just drag files there. Put files used by
> LaTeX in
> 	~/Library/texmf/tex/latex
> or subfolders of this location. You'll have to create the folders texmf, tex, latex.
> You'll find more details about adding your own style files, etc, in the "What Is Installed" document
> mentioned earlier.
> For a much simpler introduction to the installation, read "READ ME FIRST.pdf" in
> /Applications/TeX.
> Dick Koch
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