[tex-live] TEXMFHOME when using install-tl on a Mac

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Fri Oct 7 21:36:12 CEST 2011

On Oct 7, 2011, at 2:24 PM, Adam R. Maxwell wrote:

> On Oct 7, 2011, at 12:16 , Mojca Miklavec wrote:
>> The main obstacle is allowing TeX Distribution Preference Pane to be
>> slightly adapted and installed without admin privileges. But once that
>> is done, I see no reason why it wouldn't work.
> I don't think that would be a "slight" adaptation, since an entirely
> new location would need to be defined, equivalent to /usr/texbin.
> Or do you mean that /usr/texbin should be allowed to point at a
> distribution installed elsewhere, and still require root to run
> the prefpane?


Hmmm... /usr/texbin points to another symbolic link in a structure that has a fixed structure itself. You'd have to build that structure on the fly. 

My other question is about how the Apple Installer works. Does it simply unpack a ``zip'' file into some structure and then copy things from that unpacked structure (set of folders) such that it won't overwrite newer files but all to a fixed location or can you relocate the base of the structure it's going to copy too? Is that muddled enough?

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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