[OS X TeX] Search paths, Custom formats in TeXShop

Herb Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Wed Feb 9 22:20:19 EST 2005

On 2/9/05 8:20 PM, "Ian Morrison" <imorrison at rcn.com> wrote:

> I have done some sifting through this group and other Web sources but cannot
> find a guide to creating custom formats for TeXShop/tetex. Any pointer to
> such a guide would be appreciated.  Also, is there a mechanism for putting
> extra directories on the search path when the source is in a specified
> format like Textures bullet system (as in "€latex") or a guide to how search
> paths work in TeXShop/tetex.
> Ian Morrison


There is lots of information about creating custom packages and formats in


if you have the documentation.

There is also information on how TeX does its searching for files in


as a starting point. In general you would place your style or class files in
subdirectories of ~/Library/texmf/tex/latex/ for your personal use or
/usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf.local/tex/latex/ for items to be used by
multiple people who can log onto your computer. If you place it int the
latter location you must issue a `sudo texhash` within the Terminal
application and give your administator's password; the former need no
special action. You can also get to /usr/local/teTeX/... via
/Library/teTeX/... Since that is a symbolic link to the /usr/local/teTeX/...
directory structure. If you study the structure in the
.../share/texmf.tetex/ sub-directories you will see how to structure your
personal ~/Library/texmf/... sub-directories.

Hope that fives you a start.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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