[texhax] MacTeX installation

Tom Schneider toms at ncifcrf.gov
Wed Jan 28 20:42:07 CET 2009


I finally got around to installing MacTeX from the September 2008 DVD.
I decided to try MacTeX instead of TeX Live since the documentation
says that all of TeX Live is in MacTeX.  Why not see what the
interface is like?  The installation went smoothly, and MacTeX runs
nicely.  Congratulations.

I usually use LaTeX from the command line (or scripts) so I tested
that and found one small discrepancy.

%  which latex


% cd /usr/bin
% ls -l latex
lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  45 Mar 22  2006 latex@ -> /usr/local/texlive/2005/bin/i386-darwin/latex

That is, the pointer in /usr/bin was not updated, so I was still using
the old latex installation.  I did that by hand using ln and sudo:

lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  50 Jan 28 14:26 latex@ -> /usr/local/texlive/2008/bin/universal-darwin/latex

If it is possible, I would suggest making this modification to the
installation script.  Actually, I changed the name to latex2005 just
so I could get back to it.  An option to delete the previous
installation probably would be useful too.



  Dr. Thomas D. Schneider
  National Institutes of Health
  National Cancer Institute
  Center for Cancer Research Nanobiology Program
  Molecular Information Theory Group
  Frederick, Maryland  21702-1201
  toms at ncifcrf.gov
  permanent email: toms at alum.mit.edu

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