MacTeX is an open source TeX distribution for Mac OS X.

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Why is the MacTeX distribution so large? Is there anything smaller for OS X?

I would like to know how to install LaTeX on Mac 10.6 or higher. But the MacTeX is some 1.28 GB file! Is there a smaller distribution I could install? What exactly is TeX Live?
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How do I add a .sty file to my MacTeX/TeXShop installation?

I've searched online, but I have not found any clear instructions how to permanently add .sty files to my TeXShop installation. I'm using a Mac with OSX (TeXShop is a mac only program). What is the ...
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What are the practical differences between installing LaTeX from MacTeX or MacPorts/Homebrew?

When I started using a unix based system it was very natural to install MacTeX, since the installation of it is more "windows-like", though the installation package is huge. Later I was introduced to ...
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How to keep my TeX Live installation up to date?

What is the recommended way to keep my TeX Live installation up to date? Is there any package manager (like MiKTeX on Windows) that could help me with this? If it helps I'm running on Mac OS X and my ...
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Where is PATH modified to include /usr/texbin?

I've noticed that my PATH variable includes /usr/texbin, as it should, but I can't find any bash files that modified my PATH variable to include it. How did the TeXLive installation modify my PATH ...
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Can I install fonts from CTAN using TeX Live Utility?

I have the latest version of MacTeX installed, and want to add fonts from CTAN (or other packages) that are not part of the MacTeX distribution to my system. When I specify CTAN in TeX Live Utility as ...
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Memory settings with MacTeX - Which texmf.cnf to modify

I have some problems to understand how to manage memory for LaTeX. I use the MacTeX 2011 distribution with no modifications (cad only with TeXLive 2011). I have searched a lot on internet and on this ...
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How do I restore my TeX path?

I have an up-to-date installation of MacTeX (2012) on my machine, but a recent upgrade of my system software seems to have removed TeX from my path. TeX Live Utility recognizes my installation and ...
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Checking MacTeX version installed on a Mac

I can use latex -v to check the version of LaTeX. Is there a way to check what version of MacTeX (MacTeX 2008, 2009 or 2010) is installed?
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How to download MacTeX 2011 now that MacTex 2012 is available

Is there a way to download the older MacTeX-2011? I am transitioning to a new mac and would prefer to have both MacTeX2011 and the 2012 version available. I thought I was in luck when I found the the ...
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Textmate + Latexmk

Textmate for OS X, has a LaTeX bundle (a great bundle indeed). But this bundle packs the latexmk script (version 3.7 or so), I am wondering if anyone was able to update the latexmk version that comes ...
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Ruby highlighter for LaTeX

I'm looking for a package that can highlight ruby source code in LaTeX. I've found this thread: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1966425/source-code-highlighting-in-latex But it is from 2009, and ...
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all-in-one-engine for TeXShop

I am trying to write my 'Matura work' for school in LaTeX. Therefore I am using MacTeX and TeXShop and normally it works fine. But I am really annoyed with running all these different engines like ...
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How to align multiple symbols for a long equation?

\documentclass[11pt]{article} \usepackage{xfrac, array, tabu, multirow, graphicx, setspace, dcolumn, tikz} \usepackage[fleqn]{mathtools} %the argument for d specifies the maximum number of decimal ...
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Why can't I install MacTeX or BasicTeX on my Mac?

I am a beginner for LaTeX and I was trying to install the package BasicTeX on my mac (version 10.7.3). Everything went well - downloading the .zip file from TUG, unarchiving--until I actually started ...
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Tex Distribution Pane not working after installing BasicTex2013

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 ...
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Why should I update my tex installation?

Apart from not being able to get the latest package-updates, what are the benefits of the 2013 distribution over the one from 2012? Why should I update? I'm afraid updating will break something ...
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Uninstall MacTeX 2010

I'm about to upgrade to MacTeX 2011 by downloading the entire installer as described here. So how do I uninstall MacTeX 2010 so that my system is as clean as though I haven't actually installed it?
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LaTeX cannot find my personal packages

I'm venturing into writing my own packages, but LaTeX is not finding them. I working on a iMac OS X, but I don't want to use TEXMFHOME=~/Library/texmf. I would like to put my packages in a different ...
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How do I set up MacTeX so admin rights aren't necessary?

I'd like to set the permissions of /usr/local/texlive so that I don't need admin rights to update my distribution with TeX Live Manager (or tlmgr), and so on. What's the best way to do this? Are there ...
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How do I search the hidden TeX Live folders in Mac OS X?

I considered asking this on Super User, and I also thought that TeX users on the Mac would be better able to help and be helped. I'll let the mods decide. I opened texdoc color and came to ...
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Htlatex and Tikz creates sometimes incorrect svgs

I have a document with a large number of Tikz pictures and I need to generate a html page from it. I have declared a driver to have TikZ pictures as SVGs (after this question) and run htlatex ...
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PSTricks error, but package not loaded

I am working on a textbook, with a looming deadline, so I admit I did not do an exhaustive search for a solution to this situation. I was hoping someone would see this and say, "This is a duplicate ...
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Upgrade to MacTeX 2011 without redownloading entire distribution?

Is it possible to upgrade from MacTeX 2010 to 2011 without downloading the entire package for new? I’ve tried starting the instructons for upgrading TeXLive at tug.org/texlive/upgrade.html, up to ...
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Manually copy older TeXLive2011 from one Mac to a new Mac

From an earlier question of mine, it was determined that one can not obtain the latest version of older releases (ex. TeXLive2010, TeXLive2011). I am upgrading my Mac and would like to know the ...
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Why would two apparently identical TeX installations produce different results?

I have XeLaTeX with TeXShop installed on two different machines. One compiles documents without a problem. The other throws weird errors. As far as I can tell they're set up identically, so I don't ...
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How to make a USB LaTeX Stick for OS X? [duplicate]

I want to make a USB Stick with a stand-alone LaTeX for OS X devices. Is there any possibility to doing that? If yes, how can i do it? All versions for LaTeX on Mac i found needed a system ...
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How to get (No)LineFinal to work for Hoefler Text Italic with TeX Live 2013? [closed]

I’ve just installed MacTeX 2013, which includes TeX Live 2013. This somehow breaks the Contextuals=(No)LineFinal feature from fontspec with Hoefler Text Italic. It works as I expect with MacTeX 2012 ...
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Error: could not start the command in Texmaker when I run makeindex

I'm trying to create a nomenclature but I'm getting the following error when I run makeindex: Error: Could not start the command This error appears even with this basic example: ...
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How to install Beamer in Mac OS X lion?

I am brand new to LaTeX, and needed beamer package for my PowerPoint presentation. How do I install it? I have read something like this: ...
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Automatic missing package download on the Mac

Is there a LaTeX distribution for the Mac which has or comes close to MiKTeX's ability to download missing packages automatically?
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Where can I find small2e.tex and sample2e.tex in the MacTex installation?

I cannot seem to find these files. I am trying to learn LaTeX again many years after I stopped using it on a regular basis, and wanted to start with these files as a reference. I have searched with ...
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How to create /usr/texbin?

I am a mac user but I have installed the TeX Live distribution without the help of MacTeX. The directory /usr/texbin is missing and TeXShop or TeXworks won't compile. I know that I can change the ...
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Why will PDFs from TeXworks not print? Will this issue ever be fixed?

I am fairly new to LaTeX, TeX etc.(I have the latest MacTeX package) and I just recently tried to print out one of my documents made on TeXworks. It would not send any data to my printer. I copy and ...
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Installing a font under Mac OS

I would like to install this font http://www.exljbris.com/fontin.html for laTeX on my Mac but I can't find how. The other threads seems to have success with getnonfreefonts whick I have installed ...
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Can't compile with most recent version of TeX Live (2013)

I have used a tex template for my CV for years. But I recently migrated everything to a new Mac running OS 10.8.4 and the document will no longer compile. I have confirmed that the file compiles ...
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change numbering when using \foreach to assign numbers for aid lines in a diagram

\documentclass[11pt]{article} \usepackage{xfrac, array, tabu, multirow, graphicx, setspace, dcolumn, tikz} \usepackage[fleqn]{mathtools} \usepackage[ngerman]{babel} \usepackage[applemac]{inputenc} ...
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Getting started with LaTeX - Advice needed for Mac OS X

I heard from a friend that LaTeX is much better than MS Word to write my University's dissertation on. I don't really understand why bother writing an essay in code if Word automatically does that for ...
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Installing ornaments

I am trying to install the Ornaments package: http://altermundus.com/pages/downloads/packages/pgfornament/ I am using a Mac with MacTeX 2012. I have followed the instructions in the package ReadMe ...
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Bibdesk import article information

I am working on my thesis and this includes a number of articles downloaded from various academic resources. When doing this hardly any citation information is coming along with the papers and i have ...
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How to keep tex and installed packages up to date on a Mac with no hassles?

I have MacTeX 2013 basic installed, and I use TexLive to get packages I need for my writing. Recently TexLive told me that the repository is now only for a newer version than what I have installed. I ...
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Space between Hebrew letters larger with MacTeX than with MiKTeX [closed]

I'm writing LaTeX using LyX on Macintosh, and in Hebrew. My problem is that when exporting the document I get bigger spaces between my Hebrew letters than if compiling the same file on a Windows ...
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Memory settings with MacTeX 2012 [closed]

Until now I had TeXLive 2011 installed and could successfully modify my memory settings using this solution with the TextWrangler approach to the question Memory settings with MacTeX - Which texmf.cnf ...
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preview-latex does not function

Preview-latex installs, but doesn't actually preview. When I generate the preview from the source, all I see is... the source. For example, the math equations are highlighted, but not rendered. Some ...
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new command, pfgkeys within pfgplots axis environment

I am trying to setup an command to create technical drawing dimensions (inspiration from Dimensioning of a technical drawing in TikZ). I would like to use pgfkeys for that, in order to pass multiple ...
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Can't use fontspec with xelatex after tlmgr update

I updated my MacTeX 2011 installation yesterday. Now, compiling the following with xelatex fails: \documentclass[xetex]{article} \usepackage{fontspec} \begin{document} hello \end{document} The ...
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Using the erdc package on Mac OS X

I have the MacTeX-2012 Distribution installed on my MacBook Pro running OS X 10.8.3 Mountain Lion. Opening TeX Live Update, I see that the erdc package is installed. However, as stated in erdc.pdf, ...
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How to install LawTex on MacTex

I'm relatively new to LaTeX, and I run Mac OSX 10.9.1. I have the latest MacTex, and have used it with relative ease for basic documents. I'm a law student, and I'm required to make a complex document ...
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Latex-Python combination not running on a mac

I am a beginner in Latex/Python and try to run the file below on my Mac (10.8.4 - latest MacTex). This is just a test file and it is not running. Python is running in the console and I have copied ...
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LaTeX compilation failure on Mac OS X from Python Script

I wrote a Python script to automate some LaTeX builds. Currently I develop/test on Mac OS X (did not try it on other UNIX flavors). The particular execution function which should compile the LaTeX ...