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The newly released MacTeX-2020 requires at least High Sierra, probably for good reasons. Unfortunately I am still on MacOS Sierra (10.12.6) because of other heritage software.

I am happy to install TL2020 directly instead, but I really like MacTeX's version-switching mechanism and use it often.

I understand from TeX Live distribution not showing up in system preferences that I'd only need the symbolic links inside /Library/TeX/Distributions to get it working. So -- is there an easy way to get or build the missing TeXLive-2020.texdist-file?

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    There is a version of TeX Live 2020 that you can install directly (you may have to wait a few days for the repositories near you to get it). Go to [tug.org/mactex/index.html] and click on the Unix Download link for directions and please follow them so it allworks just like MacTeX install. Apr 10 '20 at 17:48
  • The tug.org/mactex/TeXDist-2020.pkg referred on the page you link me to, is exactly what I was looking for! (I never found it as I directly followed the Unix-install link from the TL homepage) I'd be happy to accept your comment as an answer.
    – Florian
    Apr 10 '20 at 20:20
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There is a version of TeX Live 2020 that you can install directly (you may have to wait a few days for the repositories near you to get it). Go to tug.org/mactex/index.html and click on the Unix Download link for directions and please follow them so it allworks just like MacTeX install

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  • still true for TL 2021
    – Florian
    Apr 9 at 12:29

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