[OS X TeX] path not found after transferring files
bvoisin at mac.com
Thu Jan 6 13:21:55 EST 2005
Le 6 janv. 05, à 19:06, Sandra Schwartz a écrit :
> I recently transferred files to a new computer [both are G4
> PowerBooks, aluminum] - everything works except TexShop
> I get this message
> Can't find required tool.
> /usr/local/teTeX/bin/powerpc-apple-darwin-current/pdflatex does not
> exist. Is one of the tool paths configured incorrectly?
> Must I download everything again or is there something simpler I can
Especially on Unix (which OS X indeed is, behind the scene), you cannot
just transfer software from one computer to another and expect it to
work. Much software relies not only on the content of the application
itself (the .app "file" -- actually a special type of folder called
"bundle" or "wrapper" -- inside /Applications), but also on components
installed by the installer at specific locations like /Library,
/System/Library or ~/Library, or even at hidden locations like
/usr/local; moreover, sometimes the installer also modify config files
like /etc/csh.login and /etc/profile.
This is indeed the case with the teTeX-TeXLive distribution, installed
by i-Installer and to which TeXShop is "only" a front-end: this
distribution lives at /usr/local/teTeX, and its installation modifies
by default both /etc/csh.login and /etc/profile.
So the short answer is: yes, you must re-run the installation of the
TeX i-Package and ancillary i-Packages (like GhostScript) on the new
Generally, after moving to a new OS X computer, or doing an Archive &
Install of a new OS X version, it's safer to reinstall all your
software through their original installers.
Welcome to Unix world!
Hope this helps,
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