texlive_base failed to build

Emmanuel Hainry milosh at macports.org
Mon Feb 23 02:39:34 PST 2009

Citando Ryan Schmidt :
> On Feb 22, 2009, at 18:17, David Epstein wrote:
>> In desperation, I downloaded MacTex (not via MacPorts), and the
>> installation seemed to go OK. But when I tried to use it, I got an
>> error message  that /opt/local/bin/pdflatex didn't exist. I was
>> surprised by this  unexpected interaction between MacPorts and
>> MacTex. I then tried "port search  pdflatex" and was told "texshop".
>> But when I successfully did a MacPorts port of texshop, pdflatex
>> still wasn't there. How can I find a port which will give me a copy
>> of /opt/local/bin/pdflatex?
> On my system, the port texlive provides the file /opt/local/bin/
> pdflatex. I foud this out by typing "port provides /opt/local/bin/
> pdflatex", however that will not work if you do not already have the
> port installed, so that's not useful in your case.

It would not be difficult to modify* the texlive port so that it
1) does not depend on the texlive_base port
2) links to /usr/texbin/pdftex instead of $prefix/bin/pdftex

I proposed that sort of things to some people in the past, but did not
get much feedback. Probably people installing mactex don't use macports to
install tex related things. It would be a way for people to not depend
on an outdated texlive install which sometimes breaks (especially since
the change in the X dependency).



*: By modify, I mean create a new portfile that would do this job in a
similar way as the current texlive port.
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