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Default Latex on freebsd/pcbsd
I'm going to use pcbsd as my main os as soon as 1.4 is released. There are two programs I depend on most: Mathematica and Latex. While I know how to install Mathematica on Freebsd, I need to figure out how to install and use latex on freebsd. Anyone have some suggestions? Thanks..
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Default Re: Latex on freebsd/pcbsd
Originally Posted by uutorok
I'm going to use pcbsd as my main os as soon as 1.4 is released. There are two programs I depend on most: Mathematica and Latex. While I know how to install Mathematica on Freebsd, I need to figure out how to install and use latex on freebsd. Anyone have some suggestions? Thanks..
Hi,
Latex is my main tool.
I hope you learnt how to use ports. If not read the handbook.
http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO885 ... index.html
For quick start you will get your ports
su -
password
portsnap fatch
portsnap extract
portsnap update (this is only if you had previously ports)

Then to install Latex (TeX, Latex metafonts and pdflatex utilitu)

cd /usr/ports/print/teTex-base
make install clean

It will take 1hour to compile depends on your internet connection. For me at University is 15 minutes.

teTeX is the main Unix distribution for TeX and LaTeX meta font. You are getting pure tex, and latex as well you can use pdflatex

You will probably need at least

dvips , ps2pdf, dvipdfm

procedure trivial
cd /usr/ports/print/dvips
make install clean

similarly others

Please refer to book for FreeBSD ports and pkg_add utility chapter four.
You should be reading the Handbook if you are serious about FreeBSD and start using more shell and less your GUI ( KDE in your case).

If you need beamer for presentations look among ports.

I use powerdot which is better than beamer. Unfortunately powerdot is not in the ports (although the prosper is although obsolete now) so you will have to download files from CTAN and install them manually.
That is quite easy to do. Just read documentation from http://www.CTAN.org

A team is working on porting TeXLive as we speak which is going to be next standard tex distribution for Unix which contains powerdot and all other packages.
It is possible to install LiveTex but you will have to do it manually (if you know what are you doing it is trivial).

Your PC-BSD comes with with default Kpdf viewr
to get yourself

xpdf, ghostview, ghostscript use ports also for acroread7 if you need although xpdf is much lighter.

Notice that there are many different versions of xpdf gv etc
Some of them are not for teTeX-base (which is standard distribution) but for TeX, Latex ports which are obsolete since teTeX is standard Unix distribution.

For creating eps graphics fonts you will probably need xfig.
cd /usr/ports/graphics/xfig
make install clean

I
Do not forget your FreeBSD comes with 18000 peaces of FREE software!

There is a FREE clone of Matlab ported. It is called scilab (or something like that ) look into math ports. I am using it since it is as good as mathlab but
Free. It is an European project.

To install Maple, Matlab of Mathematica you must buy Linux version in the store since it is proprietary software. Your computer RUNS all Linux programs.
Your Linux compatibility layer is TURNED ON by default so you will just need to follow the following procedure
http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO885 ... uxemu.html

Enjoy TeXing FreeBSD style. If you have any questions you may send me
directly mail to punosevac@math.arizona.edu

Sincerely,
Predrag Punosevac
Department of Mathematics
University of Arizona
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Old 08-09-2007, 06:19 AM
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Default Re: Latex on freebsd/pcbsd
Originally Posted by uutorok
... I need to figure out how to install and use latex on freebsd. Anyone have some suggestions?
The same way as under FreeBSD - via the ports.

/usr/ports/print/teTeX/ - this is a meta-port which should install all you need for LaTeX.
Well everything but no IDE. But there are some nice ones in the ports collection.

Although I have to say I do not use this meta-port because I use the docproj meta port which install TeX too.
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Default Re: Latex on freebsd/pcbsd
WOW! What an article! Thanks a lot.


Originally Posted by punosevac@math.arizona.ed
Originally Posted by uutorok
I'm going to use pcbsd as my main os as soon as 1.4 is released. There are two programs I depend on most: Mathematica and Latex. While I know how to install Mathematica on Freebsd, I need to figure out how to install and use latex on freebsd. Anyone have some suggestions? Thanks..
Hi,
Latex is my main tool.
I hope you learnt how to use ports. If not read the handbook.
http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO885 ... index.html
For quick start you will get your ports
su -
password
portsnap fatch
portsnap extract
portsnap update (this is only if you had previously ports)

Then to install Latex (TeX, Latex metafonts and pdflatex utilitu)

cd /usr/ports/print/teTex-base
make install clean

It will take 1hour to compile depends on your internet connection. For me at University is 15 minutes.

teTeX is the main Unix distribution for TeX and LaTeX meta font. You are getting pure tex, and latex as well you can use pdflatex

You will probably need at least

dvips , ps2pdf, dvipdfm

procedure trivial
cd /usr/ports/print/dvips
make install clean

similarly others

Please refer to book for FreeBSD ports and pkg_add utility chapter four.
You should be reading the Handbook if you are serious about FreeBSD and start using more shell and less your GUI ( KDE in your case).

If you need beamer for presentations look among ports.

I use powerdot which is better than beamer. Unfortunately powerdot is not in the ports (although the prosper is although obsolete now) so you will have to download files from CTAN and install them manually.
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