Learn from a particle physicist

Sep 23, 2022 learning LaTeX Mac

# most of the time, these are all you need:
brew install basictex latexmk
sudo tlmgr install collection-fontsrecommended
# now try to compile your project using latexmk:
cd /path/to/your/LaTeX/project
# if some.sty is missing,
# use the following commmand to find out which package includes it
tlmgr search --global --file some.sty
# and then install it
tlmgr install missingPackage

Further explanation: MacTeX is large (~4 GB). BasicTeX is a much smaller option that provides basic functionality of LaTeX. However, BasicTeX does not include latexmk and some common fonts. Fortunately, the tlmgr command is provided in BasicTeX. One can use tlmgr to find and install missing packages.