[OS X TeX] XeLaTeX in TeXShop

Michael Kubovy kubovy at virginia.edu
Thu Sep 7 11:32:42 EDT 2006

On Sep 7, 2006, at 8:51 AM, Bruno Voisin wrote:

> Le 7 sept. 06 à 14:32, Michael Kubovy a écrit :
>> On Sep 7, 2006, at 6:58 AM, Peter Dyballa wrote:
>>> Usually when TeXShop is installed it provides its own engine  
>>> scripts in /Applications/TeXShop.app/Contents/Resources/TeXShop/ 
>>> Engines. You can have your own (versions) in ~/Library/TeXShop/ 
>>> Engines. Depending on the TeX source file's header such an engine  
>>> can be selected directly, otherwise you have to choose an entry  
>>> from the rectangular shaped TeX or LaTeX menu (by default the  
>>> second one from the left).
>>> The mechanism of selecting directly the right engine from the  
>>> source file's contents is implemented in an imperialistic  
>>> fashion: only the TeXShop syntax is allowed on these two lines,  
>>> any more commented or uncommented text makes it fail for sure ...  
>>> (either you obey my law or ... use M$?)
>> This is a cryptic (and frightening) comment.
> I don't quite get it either.
>>> The mentioning of "Display has been set to 0:0" in the console  
>>> window seems to imply that you are using some X11 application to  
>>> display some output of XeTeX. Why? What is the contents of the  
>>> engine you used?
>> I installed XeLaTeX via i-Installer. I don't remember installing  
>> Peter Dyballa's X11 TeX package (to respond to Bruno Voisin's  
>> question). I do have an X11 window open (because I use R for  
>> stats). When I compile with my usual settings (first line: %!  
>> program = pdflatex), "Display has been set to 0:0" does *not* appear.
> Do you have, by any chance, a ~/.MacOSX/environment.plist? Any  
> setting there would affect all GUI applications and the  
> subprocesses run by them. I don't think that could make TeXShop  
> call X11 when compiling a TeX file with the XeLaTeX engine, but who  
> knows?

% more ~/.MacOSX/environment.plist
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http:// 
<plist version="1.0">

> As Jonathan Kew pointed out when I first reported on my experience  
> at compiling XeTeX:
>> Le 19 mai 06 à 12:42, Jonathan Kew a écrit :
>>> On 19 May 2006, at 11:32 am, Bruno Voisin wrote:
>>>> Only problem was, the fan of my 1 GHz 17" PowerBook
>>>> G4 has been spinning like mad during most of the compilation.
>>> A little regular exercise helps keep your CPU fit and strong! :)

It's not the work of my computer I'm worried about, it's the risk of  
my falling asleep on the job waiting for .tex to compile.
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