[OS X TeX] Switcher

Claus Gerhardt gerhardt at math.uni-heidelberg.de
Sun Nov 26 17:53:38 EST 2006

Most users won't have a profile file, and those who do, independently  
of my recommendation, probably know what 's a profile is for.

Moreover, the Applescripts that I posted a few minutes ago for  
kpsewhich and texdoc will  make it unnecessary for most users to use  
the command line, if they ever did, since these two commands are the  
most important to get information about the installed packages and  
those that will be actually used when running latex.

Mainly, because of these two commands I worried about a dominant  
system wide path. With these  Applescripts however, which can be run  
as macros from within TeXShop, most  users wouldn't need any special  
local provisions to override the system wide path.


On Nov 26, 2006, at 23:28, Joachim Kock wrote:

> That's a nice touch indeed, but it does not prevent your shell  
> setup from
> being broken.  You would have to restore the .profile file  
> manually, in
> which case you would probably already regret you ever pushed that  
> button.
>> When the script starts it will first display a dialogue giving you  
>> the
>> opportunity to cancel your request.
> I must admit I didn't have the courage to try the script.  Does the
> dialogue explain all the dangers involved in removing the .profile  
> file?
> If it gave such a warning, fully describing the possible consequences,
> I reckon the user would cancel...  -- in which case of course no  
> harm is
> done, but not much accomplished either.

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