[OS X Emacs] SyncTex

David Reitter david.reitter at gmail.com
Fri Jan 30 15:19:33 EST 2009

On 30 Jan 2009, at 14:55, Jan Rosinski wrote:

> I removed teTeX in the most primitive way, used a utility to see  
> hidden files
> and dropped folders to the trash. When I rebutted, the TeX  
> Distribution panel
> did not show teTeX anymore. Previously, the panel was set to TeXLive  
> 2008
> but aquamacs would still choose teTeX instead.

Aquamacs chooses what is right from the underlying Unix perspective.

I haven't experimented with it more than for one minute, but the TeX  
distribution panel seems to set /usr/texbin.

If an installer that you've used at some point (or you yourself)  
changes a setting called "the PATH", then something else may well take  
precedence over the /usr/texbin directory.  The PATH determines which  
directories are searched when you type something like "latex" in a  
standard terminal (i.e., a shell).

I don't blame anyone for the assumption that the "TeX Distribution"  
preferences panel sets a system-wide choice, but truth of the matter  
(as you've found out) is that this doesn't work all the time: earlier  
changes to the configuration of the system may override this setting.

It would be nice if the panel checked the correctness of the path and  
warned the user of any misconfiguration.  (CC'ing MacTeX maintainer  
Richard Koch for this reason.)

I have experienced the same trouble at some point messing with LaTeX's  
internal configuration (font woes) until I found out that there were  
remnants of some outdated TeX installation on my system.

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