[OS X TeX] MacTeX installer and man pages

Chris Goedde cgoedde at condor.depaul.edu
Fri Jul 21 12:57:54 EDT 2006

On Jul 21, 2006, at 11:45 AM, Justin C. Walker wrote:

> On Jul 21, 2006, at 09:08 , Chris Goedde wrote:
>> 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?
> I can't speak to the MacTeX installer issue, but for Mac OS X (cf.  
> "man man" and "man man.conf"), the man command is configured via  
> 'man.conf'.  Since "/usr/local" is not standard, it may not be set  
> up in the configuration file.  You can modify this yourself,  
> following the info in that file.

Thanks, I forgot about man.conf. When I look in there, I see the  

## TeX modifications start at Wed Jul 19 16:14:27 CDT 2006
## Do not remove previous line
MANPATH_MAP     /usr/local/teTeX/bin/powerpc-apple-darwin- 
current       /usr/local/teTeX/man

I also see (elsewhere in that file):

MANPATH_MAP     /usr/local/bin          /usr/local/share/man

The MacTeX installer is putting the man pages for binaries (like gs  
and ps2pdf) that live in /usr/local/bin into /usr/local/man, not /usr/ 
local/share/man, which is where Apple seems to think they should go,  
so this seems like a bug in the installer. In fact, going to /usr/ 
local and executing 'sudo mv man share' fixes the problem.

Chris Goedde

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