[OS X TeX] X11
Adam R. Maxwell
amaxwell at mac.com
Fri May 27 20:14:10 EDT 2005
On May 27, 2005, at 13:57, Gerben Wierda wrote:
> On 27 May 2005, at 17:39, Rodrigo Banuelos wrote:
>> I am sure the following problem has come up (and solved) before
>> but I have not been able to find it in the list. I installed Tex
>> Gerben Wierda's i-installer) on a new machine before installing
>> X11. Now, when I type "latex", "tex" or xdvi on an X11 terminal I
>> get back
>> "bash: latex: command not found," and the same for the others. I
>> know this
>> to do with bash vs tcsh but, what is the permanent solution?
> It does not have to do with bash vs tcsh. The problem is that xterm
> does not create login shells, but subshells only and as a result
> parts of the initialization (e.g. /etc/csh.login) are not read at
> all. Since the TeX i-Package has modified the shell login scripts,
> you do not get the right PATH.
> The solutions in the other replies (re-run TeX i-Package configure)
> will not help.
> There is (or at least I do not know) no generic file I could patch
> for X11 that would change this for *all* users. And the TeX install
> I provide is multi-user.
> Maybe some X11 guru can finally tell me how to do this system-wide.
> Maybe there is some personal .xinit file where you can change
> environment settings. I do not use X11, so I do not have the
You can replace `xterm` with `xterm -ls` in /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc to
start the first xterm as a login shell. You should also change your
X11 "Terminal" menu command to run xterm -ls, as well, so future
shells will be login shells, but this writes to NSUserDefaults.
Users can also create a custom .xinitrc in their home directory to
override the system one.
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