[Mac OS X TeX] Excalibur and TeXShop '.tex' files

Nicholas Riley njriley at uiuc.edu
Mon Jan 14 16:06:16 EST 2002

On Mon, Jan 14, 2002 at 01:47:00PM -0700, John Vokey wrote:
> I'm baffled.  TeXShop '.tex' files are just plain text, aren't 
> they?  So why won't Excalibur 4 (running under OS X, not 
> classic) open them to spell check?  If I drag them onto the 
> Excalibur icon, Excalibur launches, but the files don't open, 
> and I can't open them from the "open" menu item, either (they 
> are grayed out in the open dialog).  What gives?

There is a bug in TeXShop where it only sets the file type to 'TEXT'
the first time it saves a file.  Subsequent saves clear the file type,
and Excalibur can't recognize them as text files thereafer.

Likewise, for a Mac OS X native application such as Excalibur to be
dependent on file type metadata is a bad idea, especially when there's
a common file extension present (.tex).  This should be reported as a
bug in Excalibur.

You can use a utility such as File Buddy or Super Get Info, or
/Developer/Tools/SetFile -t 'TEXT' <filename> from the command line to
set the file type to 'TEXT' and it should work.

=Nicholas Riley <njriley at uiuc.edu> | <http://www.uiuc.edu/ph/www/njriley>
        Pablo Research Group, Department of Computer Science and
  Medical Scholars Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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