[OS X TeX] Bibdesk preview fails

Adam R. Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Fri Jan 27 21:01:56 EST 2006

Hi Alan,

On Jan 27, 2006, at 15:42, Alan Munn wrote:

> Hi, I'm using BibDesk (latest version 1.2.1 vv185) and preview  
> simply fails with the following message (in the pdf preview window):
> TeX preview generation failed.  Please review the log below to  
> determine the cause.
> But there is no log below.  The preview window is empty except for  
> this one line.
> In the Text preview window the following message appears:
> ***** ERROR: unable to create preview *****

This should show the log message.  If you can send me a bib example  
and a screenshot of your Preview prefs (off-list), I'll try to  
reproduce the log display problem and get it fixed.

> I have checked the preview preferences, and the paths to pdflatex  
> and bibtex are correct.  My tex installation (pretty much out of  
> the box i-package) works fine with TeXShop.
> I also messed around with other bib styles, but that doesn't seem  
> to change the behaviour.
> I'm stumped.

Make sure your Preview encoding and accented character conversion  
prefs are set correctly.  If you're using Tiger, the actual TeX run  
files are probably in a subdirectory of /var/tmp/folders.501/ 
TemporaryItems (look for the one with the most recent creation  
date).  On Panther, I don't recall where the files end up, but it's  
somewhere under /tmp or /var/tmp.

-- Adam

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