[OS X TeX] TeXShop after migrating to a new MacBook Pro

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sat Jun 16 07:13:29 EDT 2012

On Jun 16, 2012, at 2:32 AM, R Martinez wrote:

> Dick, Herb,
> I compared the directories on my original MacBook Pro (where TeXShop typesets uneventfully) and the migrated new MacBook Pro. Here are the results.
> Original MBP contains
> /usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf-dist/tex/latex/base/article.cls
> New MBP contains
> /usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf-dist/doc
> In the new MBP, the only directory contained in /texmf-dist/ is /doc/, whereas /texmf-dist/ in the old MBP is fully populated with 16 directories, one of which is /tex/.
> It seems that the migration assistant did not install the complete directories in the new MBP. Do you agree? Is the fix to delete /texlive/ and reinstall MacTeX2011?
> Thanks for your help.
> Raul Martinez


Unfortunately it appears that Migration Assistant didn't move the TeX distribution over correctly. I think your only recourse is to re-install MacTeX. I always wonder if Migration Assistant does a great job moving lower level (i.e., Unix level) items over.

You have two options for doing this:

Download (if you don't already have the installer) and re-install MacTeX-2011. Then run TeX Live Utility to update the distribution to its state when TeX Live 2011 was frozen. that should fix everything up and get you up and running.

Wait until MacTeX-2012 comes out and install that. I'd guess that will happen within the next three weeks unless there is a major problem with the DVD.

Of course you can do both!

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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