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

Mojca Miklavec mojca.miklavec.lists at gmail.com
Fri Oct 7 21:49:10 CEST 2011

On Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 21:24, 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?

User without root privileges is not allowed to create /usr/texbin
which makes me believe that adapting
(or something similar) would be the only solution to add TeX binaries
to PATH, visible by both GUI applications and Terminal. One would need
a symlink like
    ~/Applications/MacTeX/texbin (probably a different one)
pointing to the place where TeX binaries are actually installed.
Preference Pane would then only change that symlink (when working in
"user mode").

But no, if I ever used the word "slight", it wasn't exactly the right choice.


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