[OS X TeX] prosper on a macintosh running TeXShop

mark oilcan markoilcan at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 21 11:16:25 EST 2006

--- Bruce Kellogg <rbmjk at alltel.net> wrote:

> I followed the instructions of David Watson and everything went well.
> I then processed a simple file that I found on the internet, using  
> TeX and Ghostscript,
> and the error log went well with one exception: at the end there was
> ---------------------
> Output written on sample.dvi (1 page, 10252 bytes).
> Transcript written on sample.log.
> ### /usr/local/teTeX/bin/powerpc-apple-darwin-current/dvips -R - 
> Poutline  -o /tmp/altpdflatex.1112-1142942725/sample.ps sample.dvi
> This is dvips(k) 5.94b Copyright 2004 Radical Eye Software  
> (www.radicaleye.com)
> ' TeX output 2006.03.21:0705' -> /tmp/altpdflatex.1112-1142942725/ 
> sample.ps
> <tex.pro><pstricks.pro><pst-dots.pro><pst-grad.pro><8r.enc><texps.pro>
> <special.pro><color.pro>. <cmsy10.pfb><cmr12.pfb><cmr7.pfb><cmmi10.pfb>
> <cmmi12.pfb><cmex10.pfb>[1]
> ### ps2pdf13 /tmp/altpdflatex.1112-1142942725/sample.ps /tmp/ 
> altpdflatex.1112-1142942725/sample.pdf
> /usr/local/teTeX/bin/powerpc-apple-darwin-current/altpdflatex: line  
> 538: ps2pdf13: command not found
> ### FAILED to generate /tmp/altpdflatex.1112-1142942725/sample.pdf ()
> ----------------------
> I am left with a dvi file. If the problem is that I do not have  
> ps2pdf, shouldn't I have been left with
> a ps file? Should I simply get ps2pdf from sourceforge and try again?

If you look at the output you will notice that the ps file is here:
or, at least it was; I don't know how often this will get cleaned up. You
might want to think about installing ghostscript (which will install ps2pdf).
As already mentioned there is also pstopdf, supplied by Apple. Another
possibility that might work is to avoid the ps file altogether and using
dvipdfm, which should get installed with TeX.

Mark A

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