I installed texlive 2014 but it broke things I need to finish a book (pgf related things). I still have an texlive 2013 backup and reconstructed the directory. Question: How can I switch to texlive 2013 while keeping the 2014 installation?

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    Can you be a bit more specific about 'reconstructed the directory'? The TeX Live installer does not remove older versions so you should still have a full TL2013. Also, what OS are you using? – Joseph Wright Mar 4 '15 at 11:15
  • On windows I simply have to adjust the path variable to switch between the tex systems. – Ulrike Fischer Mar 4 '15 at 11:31
  • Sorry, yes, you are right. After installing texlive 2014 on Mac OS I removed the 2013 subdirectory. I reinstalled this now from a backup. – Stefan Müller Mar 4 '15 at 11:32

I found out that there should be a preference pane in Mac OS that can be used. However, this is broken in my system. However, replacing the symbolic link to texlive-2014 does the trick:

cd /Library/TeX/Distributions/.DefaultTeX
sudo rm Contents
sudo ln -s ../TeXLive-2013.texdist/Contents
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  • Did you install MacTeX? That would get you the preference pane.... – cfr Mar 4 '15 at 13:10
  • Yes, but the preference pane complains and says TeX Distributioncould not be loaded. – Stefan Müller Mar 4 '15 at 14:14

In MacOs System, the Preferences Panes has a panel "TeX Live Distribtuion" which allows you to switch between distribution.

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