[Mac OS X TeX] Re: TeXShop environment variables?

Richard Koch koch at math.uoregon.edu
Mon Aug 27 16:01:36 EDT 2001


TeXShop does not use environment variables.
At one time I tried to make it accept such variables using code
outlined by Arum Mangalam, but I wasn't successful. Perhaps
I didn't try hard enough!

Environment variables run against the basic philosophy of
TeXShop, which is to use Unix extensively as an engine, but avoid Unix
for users as much as possible.

To add files to teTeX, you are supposed to create a mirror tree
inside your personal Library file. For example, if you want to add
"myfile.sty" and the natural location for this file is in the misc
directory of latex, create folders ~/Library/texmf/tex/latex/misc
and put myfile.sty in this folder.

teTeX is usually configured so texhash is not needed when
you add files to your local tree. Unfortunately, the very latest teTeX
is probably misconfigured and Gerben is temporarily away. So after adding
files, you must issue the command "texhash" in Terminal. We'll
fix that as soon as possible.

V. Vatsal reports that he has a personal texmf tree which TeXShop
cannot see. If you already have a texmf tree somewhere, you can put
a symbolic link to this tree in ~/Library and then TeXShop should find
it. For instance, I moved my tree to my home directory and then typed

	cd Library
	ln  -s  /Users/koch/texmf   texmf

and that worked.

If environment variables are really important to you for reasons not
covered above, feel free to lobby for them.

Finally, Arum reported that he started his work to make ConTeXT's
texexec work with TeXShop. I just learned about ConTeXT last week,
and my intention is to add it to the Program menu so it will work

koch at math.uoregon.edu

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