[OS X TeX] Re: [XeTeX] texdoc, was: Microtypography?

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Tue May 9 07:19:04 EDT 2006

Am 09.05.2006 um 12:40 schrieb Bruno Voisin:

> What's happening? Is it linked against a version of Perl  
> incompatible with that in OS X? Or is simply an initialization file  
> missing? Or am I calling texdoctk in an inappropriate way?

You need to install a real bunch of software!

It's just one Perl "module" -- but it's vast. To start with: 'sudo -H  
cpan install perltk' ...

You will be asked many questions before, then the cpan programme will  
fetch, out-pack, configure, make, check, and install the module and  
all other Perl modules that might be needed as pre-requisites. It  
will create its own tree of files and directories in root's home  
directory, i.e. /var/root/.cpan. (I have there over 100 MB!)

When you invoke 'sudo cpan ...' cpan will create in your home  
directory the .cpan tree, completely owned by root. Cpan seems to be  
a bit stupid compared to Fink or Darwinports: it does not seem to  
automatically update a package that has changed, although it first  
fetches from the CPAN (Comprehensive Perl Archive Network) the newest  
module descriptions -- or I missed something.

Bruno, please pay attention to the two really different names: texdoc  
and texdoctk. The former is just a shell script (and I think there is  
nothing in teTeX or gwTeX that 'configures' it), and the other is a  
graphical application, that itself can use texdoc for not to decide  
itself which application will show the doc. In my ~/.texdocrc I have  
set texdoc as handler for some document types in texdoctk, as I did  
before in GNU or Carbon Emacs and its AUCTeX mode. Indeed, using the  
default value of "open" as viewer will ask Mac OS X to find out which  
file type this document is and then use the Mac OS X application to  
display the file. I only wonder whether this Mac OS engine makes the  
right decisions and is able to determine the kind of a plain UNIX  
file ... (opening it in a sound editor?)



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