[OS X TeX] /usr and El Capitan

Joseph Wright joseph.wright at morningstar2.co.uk
Thu Jul 16 01:31:11 EDT 2015

On 16/07/2015 01:35, Art Werschulz wrote:
> Hi all.
> The default behavior for the Linux TeX distribution (as provided by TUG) puts everything in /usr/local.  Would it have been a good idea for MacTeX to do likewise?  Since El Capitan doesn’t mind stuff going into /usr/local, wouldn’t this save some trouble?
> Art Werschulz
> agw at comcast.net

MacTeX installs 'vanilla' TeX Live inside /usr/local. The directory will
remain writeable with El Capitan. This part of the process will remain

The problem is that MacTeX *also* sets up a single set of symlinks in
/usr/texbin which point to the current TeX system: this could be MacTeX
or TL from MacPorts, etc. The idea of this mechanism is to allow easy
switching between TeX systems (from a GUI there has only /usr/texbin to
worry about). It's this latter 'one stop' location that is being moved.
Joseph Wright

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