[OS X TeX] paths in input & include

Themis Matsoukas matsoukas at psu.edu
Sun Jan 22 15:22:25 EST 2006

On Jan 22, 2006, at 12:20 PM, Maarten Sneep wrote:
> Question 1: the only "odd" character is a space, not other "funny"  
> characters, like ß, é, ƒ, or ™

yes - space only. Very specifically, I tried the following (verbatim)
   \include{"folder 1/folder 2/My file"}
   \input{"folder 1/folder 2/My file"}

> Question 2: (this should not be an issue, but just in case): is the  
> " turned into an active character (the babel package for various  
> languages does this, Dutch, German, …).

no (at least I don't think so becasue I am not using babel explicitly  
in my file)

> Question 3: Have you tried \include{"folder1 with space/folder2  
> with space/latex file with space"}

yes: and here is what happens in this case:
     first, tex issues the warning that folder1.tex and folder1.aux  
are not found
     then, without stopping the typesetting, it produces a pdf  that  
prints the string (verbatim)

    1/folder 2/My file"

i.e. to contiguous string up to the first blank is interpreted as the  
filename; when this file is not found, the entire string in \inlcude  
after the opening quote is interpreted as a string to print. The  
second quote mark doesn't have an effect and so it doesn't matter  
where it is placed.

As I said earlier, \input does not have this problem. It is really  
curious that \input and \include handle filenames so differently.


> On 22 Jan 2006, at 12:35, Themis Matsoukas wrote:
>> On Jan 15, 2006, at 8:50 AM, Maarten Sneep wrote:
>>> TeX allows for the following, at least for \input'ted, and  
>>> \include'd files:
>>> \input "subfile with spaces in its name"
>>> \input{"subfile with spaces in its name"}
>>> \include{"subfile with spaces in its name"}
>> I tried the above and met with partial success:
>> The following worked:
>>    \input{"folder1 with space"/"folder2 with space"/"latex file  
>> with space"}
>> but the following did not:
>>    \include{"folder1 with space"/"folder2 with space"/"latex file  
>> with space"}

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