creating MacTeX links to MacPorts TeXLive

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at
Sat Oct 9 16:59:06 PDT 2010

On Oct 9, 2010, at 18:54, Faisal Moledina wrote:

>>> Man files are ultimately located at /usr/texbin/man.
>> .....Ah. Then /usr/texbin is not the bin directory, it's the prefix. So you'd really have /usr/texbin/bin being a symlink to wherever the TeX binaries are, and /usr/texbin/man (or perhaps more correctly /usr/texbin/share/man) for the manpages, /usr/texbin/info (or perhaps /usr/texbin/share/info) for the infopages.
> No, weirdly enough, /usr/texbin is where binaries are located, and
> within that is a man dir. I've just emailed MacTeX to help clarify the
> final path structure.

>> The user either needs /usr/texbin in their PATH, or they have it in /etc/paths.d; it's superfluous to do both.
> Ack, I do have it twice in my path as a result. This is messier than I
> expected at first. MacTeX does recommend prepending PATH with
> /usr/texbin if you use Fink or MacPorts, which makes sense to me. The
> paths.d is the default approach for non-Fink or MacPorts MacTeX users.

Ok. And you may not be the only user who has done that. So I guess we should accommodate either method. Whatever the desired structure is for the texbin directory, however odd it may be, we can duplicate it in the texlive ports.

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