[OS X TeX] MacTeX 2012 status

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sun Jul 8 10:30:39 EDT 2012

On Jul 8, 2012, at 9:11 AM, Richard Koch wrote:

> Folks,
> I agree with every point Herb has made about MacTeX-2012
> On Jul 8, 2012, at 6:09 AM, Herbert Schulz wrote:
>> I'd guess that the size difference has more to do with the new way Apple creates pkg files than anything else.
> This is almost surely false. TeX Live is getting bigger.
> We switched from Apple's old PackageMaker to the new one
> introduced around Leopard time because only packages created by
> the newer PackageMaker can be signed. Signed install packages are 
> required by Mountain Lion. Only flat packages can be signed,
> so we switched to them --- a flat package is a single file rather
> than a folder disguised to look like a file. As Herb points out,
> flat packages don't have to be zipped for the internet.
> Both versions of PackageMaker compressed install components,
> so zipping old packages didn't decrease their size.
> Dick Koch


Hmmm... I just checked and both TL2011 and TL2012 are 3.52GB (as shown by WhatSize.app) in size. Of course my TL2011 has all updates/additions/removals up to its final state and maybe that has gotten larger over time.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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