[OS X TeX] format
maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Fri Jun 18 11:20:43 EDT 2004
On 18 jun 2004, at 16:59, Frans Goddijn wrote:
> This week I got my first Apple, a Powerbook G4 and I installed
> TeXshop. Coming from XP I had to get used to the different look and
> feel of an "installer".
You mean the TeXShop installer, yeah, it is a bit minimalistic :-)
> Yesterday I found out that the TeXshop install is successfful insofar
> that I can compile a first LaTeX file successfully. A Dutch ConTeXt
> file didn't compile because there was no format file to be found.
AFAIK the dutch context format is indeed off by default.
> ConTeXt man Hans Hagen happened to be around
> (http://www.xs4all.nl/~fgoddijn/friends/ntgboys/) and he did some
> daring things on a Linux type command line with SUDO in them. Then a
> format file was created in my personal home directory.
Also known as manual format creation: change the texmf.cnf file,
re-generate the format files, due to some ridiculously large metapost
files, I have to do this after each i-Installer update.
> Then it took some complicated moves to find out where format files
> need to be stored and to move them there.
The teTeX/gwTeX combination is a little tricky with respect to figuring
out what goes where.
> Is this the right way? Or is there a menu somewhere where I can have
> format files generated and have them end up in the proper locations
How did you install TeX? i-Installer has an option to generate all
formats for you (behind the scenes it no-doubt issues the same
commands that Hans Hagen issued for you).
If you did indeed use the i-Installer (highly recommended), you can
just run it again (the configure stage is enough). Note that some files
might be an older version than is available from TeXLive -- url.sty
comes to mind.
 i-Installer parses the file that controls which formats are
generates and creates a UI on top of that. If you need to *add* new
formats, you need to edit the right file. This is left as an exercise
for the reader, as context-nl is already there.
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