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I'm using TeXShop (V 2.47) on my Mac (V 10.7.4) and tried to install the tabu-package but failed. Here is what I did:

  1. Saved the tabu.dtx and tabu.ins file in my Donwloads-directory (source for both files)
  2. Run tabu.ins in TeXShop.
  3. After compilation several new files were generated in my Donwloads-directory, such as tabu.sty.
  4. Run the following command in Terminal to open the directory, where I wanted to save the tabu.sty: open /usr/local/texlive/2010/

Now, the problem is, that I don't know where to copy the tabu.sty. I thought TeX Live Utility might be a tool for these kind of issues but running it (the first time) only produced a new problem:

2012-06-11 20:48:42 +0000 Notice -[TLMOperation main][11119] tlmgr: package repository http://ctan.dcc.uchile.cl/systems/texlive/tlnet The supported release as specified by the repository (2011) does not match the release version of the installation (2010), bailing out.

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    First of all, you should consider to upgrade to MacTeX/TeX Live 2011 (but MacTeX/TeX Live 2012 is in the final stage before release, so you may want to wait for it). Look at this answer and change llncs to tabu for a temporary installation.
    – egreg
    Commented Jun 11, 2012 at 21:52

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You need to place your file here:

/usr/local/texlive/texmf-local/tex/latex

and then you need to run sudo mktexlsr.

But it's possible to place this file in your home:

~/Library/texmf/tex/latex

For me it's /Users/ego/Library/texmf/tex/latex. This doesn't require anything else.

Be careful, if you update your distribution, the version of tabu inside your personal texmf is always used.

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