[tex-live] tl09 release status: coming up

Lars Madsen daleif at imf.au.dk
Thu Oct 22 10:46:12 CEST 2009

C.M. Connelly wrote:
> "ZW" == Zdenek Wagner <zdenek.wagner at gmail.com>
>     >> One of the cool features on Mac OS X is the way that you
>     >> can switch TeX systems via a preference pane, and a couple
>     >> of symlinks get redirected and everything works.
>     ZW> You can easily achieve it if you do not creates symlinks
>     ZW> when installing TL. If you leave PATH intact, teTeX will
>     ZW> be used. If you put TLxxxx to the beginning of your PATH,
>     ZW> TLxxxx will be used. You can do it in your profile, in the
>     ZW> command line in your terminal, in your script. In my
>     ZW> office computer I have TL 2007, 2008 and 2009 and I can
>     ZW> switch between them, I can have different TL in each
>     ZW> terminal (I have deleted the old versions of TL but I
>     ZW> could have all historical versions if I wished). And I can
>     ZW> remove TL from PATH and then teTeX will be used. Do not
>     ZW> create symlinks and everything can be done.
> Yes, that's pretty much exactly what I've done -- the shell
> startup scripts look to see what's available and set up the PATH
> appropriately.
> For my own account, which doesn't use the central startup files, I
> can switch between the installs by changing my PATH by hand.  I'm
> sure I could also write some little scripts to change people's
> PATHs, but it's not that big a deal right now.
>    Claire

We changed that last year, and now just use


(NFS mounted), then each year I just more the current symlink


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