[OS X TeX] OT-File ownership
Gary L. Gray
gray at engr.psu.edu
Fri Nov 4 16:34:40 EST 2005
A solution to this seemingly common problem was posted today on Mac
OS X Hints:
I hope this helps those of you who have been plagued by this nasty
problem. It also gets a solution into the archives for when it comes
On Sep 29, 2005, at 7:17 PM, Michael S. Hanson wrote:
> I am reviving this thread in the hope that someone might be
> able to assist -- apologies in advance for the length; I am near
> wit's end on this issue....
> My TeXShop documents (files that end in .tex) open in another
> application when double-clicked in the Finder. (Not surprisingly,
> they also do not have the correct icon.)
> OS X 10.4.2 with latest security update (008). TeXShop 2.0.3.
> I can change the "Open with:" settings in each individual
> file's "Get Info" window to TeXShop, but when I click on the
> "Change All..." button, the files all revert back to the other
> application. Currently, that application is TextEdit. Previously
> it was BBEdit, and before that it was ScriptEditor.
> The problem arose after an "Erase and Install" of 10.4. I had
> restored my user account with the Migration Tool from a second
> internal drive that had contained a cloned image of my primary
> internal drive with its previous 10.3.9 installation. (It now
> contains a cloned backup of the current installation created with
> UNSUCCESSFUL SOLUTION ATTEMPTS:
>> On Sep 19, 2005, at 8:55 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:
>>> You might try the solution to really rebuild the Launch Services
>>> using the hint at <http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?
> I issued the command:
> sudo /System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework
> \Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Support/lsregister -kill -r -f
> -domain local -domain system -domain user
> and then rebooted. (This version of the command is in the
> comments; it just adds the -f flag to force the changes.) No effect.
>> On Sep 19, 2005, at 10:28 PM, Vince McGarry wrote:
>>> ... throwing away com.apple.LaunchServices.plist appears to have
>>> done the trick.
> I've tried that, followed first by a logout and login, then by
> a reboot. No effect.
>> On Sep 19, 2005, at 8:55 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:
>>> I'm not sure this is the solution but you might try using
>>> RCDefaultApp, a Preference Pane that allows you to look at and
>>> change assignments.
> I have had RCDefaultApp version 1.3 installed on this Mac since
> before the 10.4 upgrade. I am beginning to wonder if it is part of
> the problem rather than the solution. I have been able to change
> -- inadvertently -- which application opens .tex files by changing
> the application associated with the TEXT file type. According to
> RCDefaultApp, when the "default" app is selected for this file
> type, the file type is associated with the UTI:
> com.apple.traditional-mac-plain-text. And in that case the default
> app is TextEdit. Previously, BBEdit had been associated with the
> TEXT file type -- which I changed by hand. Previously ScriptEditor
> was associated with this file type; I think that was the first mis-
> association following the upgrade to 10.4.
> All of my .tex files created with TeXShop have the creator TeXs
> and the file type TEXT. As mentioned above, when I manually set
> the "Open with:" application from the "Get Info" window in the
> Finder to TeXShop, the setting sticks. But when I click on the
> "Change All..." button, the file association (and icon) gets set to
> the application that is listed by RCDefaultApp as the default
> application for the TEXT file type.
> RCDefaultApp reports that the .tex and .TEX extensions are
> associated with TeXShop. However, that is not the case in the
> Finder. TeXShop does not have a UTI listed with RCDefaultApp, as
> far as I can tell.
> Any further suggestions to resolve this problem would be
> greatly appreciated. Even an AppleScript or Automator workflow to
> force all .tex files to have their "Open with:" applications
> switched one-by-one to TeXShop would be great -- I tried
> unsuccessfully to figure out how to create such a workflow myself,
> and I am not looking forward to potentially changing the hundreds*
> of TeXShop files that are scattered across my hard drive individually.
> -- Mike
> (*) When I used Spotlight to search for files of kind "tex" -- it
> doesn't appear to be possible to search for files with the kind
> TeXShop on my Mac (although lots of other apps appeared in the kind
> list) -- over 4300 files showed up. However, the search results
> included AppleScripts, BBEdit files, plain text files, etc.
> Clearly the file types are pretty hosed (a technical term). When I
> added Name Ends With "tex" to the search, the list narrowed to
> about 430 files -- 95% of which are showing up as TextEdit files,
> with a few BBEdit and SubEthaEdit file owners thrown in. I suspect
> there are more than those 430, as Spotlight only seems to index
> files after 2002 for me, and I know I have documents (including TeX
> documents) from the late-1990s onward on this Mac. But that's
> another (OT) problem for another time....
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