latex packages and ports

Scott Webster sewebster at
Thu Aug 19 10:55:12 PDT 2010

On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 10:49 AM, Thomas Weiss
<thomas.weiss at> wrote:
> I'm tanlking only about the packages. I suppose except for the installing method the macports texlive is standard. So there should be a texmf directory where all packages are installed to. If you configure tlmgr to update and install to your local texmf tree you could install your missing/needed packages and use the native update function. If you want to uninstall you just have to uninstall the port and delete the local texmf tree.

Presumably macports puts things in "the appropriate place" under /opt/local.

> Use the local tree. That's why it exists.

I'm not saying that that is an inappropriate thing to do, it's just
that the whole point of using the macports versions of the extra
packages is to avoid managing your local tree.  If it is too difficult
or otherwise unfeasible to make it work, then we might as well not
bother and tell people to use the local tree, perhaps that is what you
are suggesting... but I think that "port install texlive-latex-extra"
is easier than setting up your local tree for many users.


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