Using MacTeX/TeXLive instead of MacPorts tex ports

Chris Jones jonesc at
Sun Jun 30 18:54:09 UTC 2019

> On 30 Jun 2019, at 3:11 pm, Murray Eisenberg <murrayeisenberg at> wrote:
> I have the complete MacTeX 2019 installed, which includes TeXLive 2019, and its tex-related binaries are first on my PATH.
> Some MacPorts ports use various tex binaries and libraries, wither during build or runtime. So when I installed those, automatically the requisite MacPorts tex-related ports were installed, too. This is the case, for example, with octave (uses texinfo, texlive-basic, texlive-latex, texlive-fonts-recommended
> Hence I now have two separate TeX distributions installed, which seems utterly wasteful. The one I want to keep is MacTeX/TeXLive.
> Can the various Macports tex ports be uninstalled without breaking other, currently installed ports using them? And without intefering with rebuilding those tex-using MacPorts 

In general, no, you cannot do this. Macports generally always prefers to install and use its own dependencies, for the reasons outlined in

If you try and uninstall the dependencies required by, for instance, octave, you will break things. 


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