[OS X TeX] i386 versus powerpc?

Chris Goedde cgoedde at condor.depaul.edu
Tue Mar 7 16:26:17 EST 2006

On Mar 7, 2006, at 3:09 PM, Gary L. Gray wrote:

> I am running TeX on a MacBook Pro. When I go in the terminal and say:
> loon:~ gray$ pdflatex filename.tex
> how do I know that it is executing the proper binaries in 
> i386-apple-darwin-current versus binaries in 
> powerpc-apple-darwin-current? This has come up, because we have some 
> AppleScripts that call various TeX-related binaries and right now we 
> are just using pdfcrop or pdflatex and not specifying the entire path. 
> I want to make sure I am using native binaries. Do I need to specify 
> the entire path or is there some variable set somewhere that is 
> telling the machine to always use the i386 binaries?*

If you type the command:

which pdflatex

at the shell prompt in the terminal, it will tell you that path of the 
binary that is being used in the current context. On my machine, the 
result is:


for example.


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