[OS X TeX] Placing macro files

Ettore Aldrovandi ealdrov at math.fsu.edu
Thu Jun 7 11:38:24 EDT 2018

> On Jun 7, 2018, at 10:50, Herbert Schulz <herbs at wideopenwest.com> wrote:
>> On Jun 7, 2018, at 8:00 AM, M. Tamer Özsu <ozsut at mac.com> wrote:
>> Following Herb’s suggestion, here is my setup for those types of files that enables me to use them across machines.
>> - I have a master references file (references.bib) that I keep in ~/Library/texmf/bibtex/bib
>> - I have a bunch of personal style files that I keep in ~/Library/texmf/tex/latex
>> - I have a symbolic link to ~/Library/texmf that I keep in Dropbox folder
>> Everything syncs properly and latex finds them in place. The trick is to keep these files in ~/Library/texmf and put a symbolic link in Dropbox. Note that you have to do the symbolic link on every machine.
> Howdy,
> I'm a bit surprised that you link ~/Library/texmf into your Dropbox. I would have thought it should be the other way around. I don't understand how that works on multiple systems.
> I have folder of source files (not in ~/Library/texmf) I copied to my Dropbox folder which I update when any of those files change. On other systems I have a symblic link of the Dropbox folder to my documents folder. So when I update the folder on Dropbox on that source system the other systems automatically update.

Isn’t it the case that one should have a folder texmf in Dropbox and link _to_ it from each machine? That is, on each machine ~/Library/texmf is a symlink to ~/Dropbox/texmf as in 
ls -l Library/texmf
lrwxr-xr-x  […] Library/texmf@ -> /Users/<username>/Dropbox/texmf


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