[OS X TeX] Handling EPS files

Josep M. Font jmfont at inicia.es
Wed Mar 15 17:53:33 EST 2006

Thanks to all that replied on my problem.

Following Maarten's sugggestion:

> This doesn't make sense to me. Perhaps a missing executable bit, or  
> perhaps a missing read bit (otherwise the shell won't find the  
> script at all). Post the output of
>     ls -l /usr/local/teTeX/bin/powerpc-apple-darwin-current/epstopdf
> It should be similar to:
>     -rwxr-xr-x   1 root  admin  12387 Feb  6 21:17 [...]/epstopdf

I get:

-rw-r--r--   1 jmfont  staff  12387 Jan 30 00:04 [...]/epstopdf

So it seems the executable bit is missing. I applied Maarten's  
advice, and did:

> sudo chmod 755 /usr/local/teTeX/bin/powerpc-apple-darwin-current/ 
> epstopdf

and after that, everything is fine: the PDF files are produced either  
directly in Terminal, or with \usepackage{epstopdf} and running  
pdfLaTex. Great!

On the other hand, if following Peter's advice I do:

> What is 'epstopdf --version' telling?

I first just got the "permission denied" message, as predicted by  
Maarten. However, after changing the executable bit, to the same  
command I get:

Unknown option: version
EPSTOPDF 2.9.5gw, 2006/01/29 - Copyright 1998-2006 by Sebastian Rahtz  
et al.
Syntax:  epstopdf [options] <eps file>
   --help:           print usage

I don't know if this was to be expected...

Anyway, while it remains for me to know *why* my executable bit was  
missing, from the practical point of view this is not important now...



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