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I recently upgraded to OS X 10.9 Mavericks and installed BasicTex 2013 (TeXLive-2013-Basic), in addition to TeXLive-2013. Now I need to use the TexLive-2013 as my default distribution, but the Tex Distribution Pane in System Preferences doesn't work anymore. It asks for my admin password, but doesn't actually changes the distribution.

Has anybody run into the same problem? Is it Mavericks or BasicTex that has broken the TeX Distribution Pane? If so, is there a way to repair it so that it can change the distribution?


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Why don't you install MacTeX and forget about all problems? –  egreg Oct 30 '13 at 16:59
I can confirm the issue trying to switch between TL2013 and TL2012. I've contacted Dick Koch who manages the MacTeX distribution and he's looking into it. –  Alan Munn Oct 30 '13 at 17:04
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The TeX Distribution panel provides a simple GUI interface to what is essentially changing a symbolic link. You can change this link manually, by doing the following in the Terminal. (Information provided by Dick Koch. This is a temporary fix until the preference pane is updated.)

cd /Library/TeX/Distributions/.DefaultTeX

This folder will contain just one item, a symbolic link named Contents.

To change, for instance, to TeXLive-2013,

sudo rm Contents

sudo ln -s ../TeXLive-2013.texdist/Contents Contents

To change to other distributions, look up their names in

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