I recently upgraded from Lion (OS X 10.7.5) to OS X 10.9.5 (Yosemite? Mavericks?). I previously had run a MacTeX package, so I had the packages in whatever folder, and the /usr/texbin directory. The former is still there, but the latter has vanished. The whole package would exhaust my mobile data traffic, since I have about 2GB and the package is 2615436KB. Is it possible to only download texbin in order to place it in usrand get back to using TeX with some mobile data left?


/usr/texbin is only an alias for the path to the current TeX distribution binaries, not a directory. And this alias has been replaced by /Library/TeX/texbin in the most recent versions of MacTeX. In TeXShop, for instance, the path indicated in the Preferences to go to the TeX binaries is /Library/TeX/texbin and not /usr/texbin anymore. This may explain your problem.

  • How recent? I mean, I read an answer about that which stated that from Mac 10.10 on there is a problem with accessing usr, but I have 10.9, and the fact that trying to typeset produces "xelatex command not found" on the console suggests that my version had the usr/texbin or if it had the Library/TeX thing it got deleted too, but why would that be deleted and the packages be left where they are? They are in Library too, right? – MickG Dec 26 '17 at 20:04
  • All of TeX Live is in /usr/local/texlive/****, where **** is the distribution year. /Library/TeX/texbin is an alias (symbolic link) for /usr/local/texlive/****/bin. By the way, have you also updated MacTeX? – Franck Pastor Dec 26 '17 at 20:13
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    If I remember correctly, it is since MacTeX 2015 that the symbolic link to the binaries has changed. The reason was something that concerned the then new system Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11). Your own system, 10.9, is Mavericks, so it was not concerned a priori. It may be that the /usr/texbin symbolic link has been lost during your update. If so, this subject may be of interest: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/137116/how-to-create-usr-texbin – Franck Pastor Dec 26 '17 at 20:32
  • Yep, that was it. Now it's typesetting. – MickG Dec 26 '17 at 20:41

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