Using MacTeX/TeXLive instead of MacPorts tex ports

Murray Eisenberg murrayeisenberg at
Sun Jun 30 19:14:10 UTC 2019

> On 30 Jun2019, at 2:54 PM, Chris Jones <jonesc at> wrote:
> On 30 Jun 2019, at 3:11 pm, Murray Eisenberg <murrayeisenberg at <mailto: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. 
> Chris

In the case of tex, the MacPorts are from texlive, and texlive as installed by MacTeX has no /lib directory —  just a  /usr/local/texlive/2019/bin (to which the automatically created /Library/TeX/texbin provides a symlink) and all the usual tex files in the /usr/local/texlive/2019/texmf-dist, etc. trees. concerning fonts, docs, etc.

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