[tex-live] Missing "ppc" symbolic link in .FactoryDefaults/gwTeX-2003-2005 ?

jfbu jfbu at free.fr
Sat Dec 18 18:34:26 CET 2010

Hello Richard,

here is what I just did.

1. I changed the name of the file /usr/texbin to be /usr/temptexbin

2. I went to my System Preferences: TeX distributions,
(the selected distribution is TeXlive-2010)

immediately some error message pops up (in French)
and tells me some link is broken and proposes to fix it. I say Ok,
and then the Control Panel tells me that the problem has been
fixed and that my TeX should be functional

3. so I go to look again at my /usr repertory and it contains now
   lrwxr-xr-x    1 root  wheel     62 18 Dec 18:23 texbin -> 

in addition to the one I had renamed
  lrwxr-xr-x    1 root  wheel     62 18 Dec 11:57 temptexbin -> 
which is still there of course (I would have been very very surprised 
if this one had disappeared...)

My system is Mac OS X 10.3.9, iBook G4

When I read your detailed previous message (thanks!) at first I thought 
I should have
replaced texbin to point to powerppc, rather than adding a "ppc" to 

but if the TeX Distributions Control Panel does create "ppc" links, 
then I think I did the correct thing

I hope the information I am sending can somehow give you a hint to what 
is happening,
if there is any special thing you would like me to check on my system 
please tell me

best regards

Le 18 déc. 10, à 18:20, Richard Koch a écrit :

> Jean-Francois,
> There is one small mistake in my previous message.  The 
> gwTeX-2003-2005 distribution
> is Gerben's original xeTeX distribution rather than his TeX Live based 
> distribution, so your
> TeX Distribution structure for it was indeed written by MacTeX. It 
> only contains the powerpc link
> because we only had that link in the early days. That would have 
> caused no trouble if your
> /usr/texbin link had been correct.
> The main puzzle remains. Why do you have an incorrect /usr/texbin link?
> Dick Koch

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