[OS X TeX] MacTeX installer and man pages

Justin C. Walker justin at mac.com
Fri Jul 21 12:50:04 EDT 2006

On Jul 21, 2006, at 09:41 , Charilaos Skiadas wrote:

> On Jul 21, 2006, at 11:08 AM, Chris Goedde wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I just upgraded to Tiger and installed TeX and friends using the  
>> latest MacTeX installer (very nice!). I need to look at the man  
>> page for ps2pdf, so I opened the terminal and typed 'man ps2pdf'.  
>> This gives the response 'No manual entry for ps2pdf'. However, if  
>> I look in /usr/local/man/man1, I see ps2pdf.1, as I should. So  
>> apparently, something (path setting or otherwise) is not getting  
>> set for the man pages. What's the recommended way to do this?  
>> Shouldn't this have been done automagically by the MacTeX installer?
> Check the value of the MANPATH variable, by running: echo $MANPATH
> Also, try to run instead: man 1 ps2pdf
> I did not use the MacTeX installer, so I can't comment if that was  
> supposed to happen there. But I did have to add the line: export  
> MANPATH="/usr/local/man:$MANPATH"
> to my .bash_profile

Just a followup (should have said it explicitly in my previous  
response): I would consider modifying 'man.conf' (at least on later  
versions of Mac OS X), rather than relying on MANPATH; I use the  
latter only for testing and quick checks.  The former is the  
preferred means to configure the 'man' command.



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