[OS X TeX] Request from newbie

Dewey Dykstra ddykstra at mac.com
Wed Dec 8 21:12:27 EST 2004

Thanks for the advice.  I am slowly learning the details.  I did use 
the i-installer to install everything.  When I follow your suggestion 
to look for path names (My first use of Terminal, by the way.) I do see 
paths, so as you say, they are there.

So I still have a problem...
If I look carefully in the console when the document file is typeset, I 
see evidence that the graphics.sty file is apparently loaded and an 
epsf.tex file is run(?) also.

My problem is that when the figure is called, I get an "Unknown 
graphics extension:  .eps error" message.

Near the beginning of my file I have the instruction:  

Furthermore, the sample file from APS when I try to typeset it does the 
same thing at the call for the .eps figure..

I thought something was missing, but I see now it is not, but this 
leaves me with no explanation and no idea what to do to make it work.

I hope you can help.  Any suggestions?


On 08 Dec 2004, at 5:36 PM, Maarten Sneep wrote:

> On 9 dec 2004, at 1:24, Dewey Dykstra wrote:
>> I am trying to get an implementation up and running.  I believe that 
>> for the flavor of TeX I need to use (revtex4--American Physical 
>> Society), I need to have graphics.sty and graphicx.sty installed on 
>> my machine.  I have found the corresponding .dtx files, from which I 
>> believe the .sty files can be extracted, but I do not know how to do 
>> the extraction.
> The most important thing is left out of this message, but since you 
> mention TeXShop, I assume you followed the installation instructions 
> available from the TeXShop website, that is: you used the i-Installer 
> to install the TeX engine.
> If that is the case: you don't have to do anything: the graphics 
> bundle (which includes both graphics.sty and graphicx.sty) is always 
> installed (otherwise it would not be LaTeX, it is a base requirement) 
> and the current teTeX comes with revtex4 installed - and is therefore 
> already installed.
> To find out if a file is installed already, run "kpsewhich 
> graphics.sty" in a terminal window (without the quotes). If the file 
> can be found, the full path will be returned, otherwise nothing is 
> returned. The extraction of class and style files from documented 
> source files (.dtx files) isn't really hard, but not needed in the 
> examples you give here. Usually a .ins file is included in the full 
> package, and when tex is run on this file, the extraction should take 
> place automagically. Be very sure though that the package isn't 
> installed already.
> Maarten
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