[OS X TeX] pdflatex.fmt format file missing

Robert Morelli morelli at flux.utah.edu
Sun Aug 12 20:47:41 EDT 2007

Robert Morelli wrote:
> 2. TeX-Live on Mac seems to handle the $TEXMF environment variable 
> differently than other systems.
> A short note in the readme file indicates that this variable does not 
> need to be set on OS X and that
> tex searches in ~/Library/texmf for personal style files. I can see 
> the logic of that, but I'd prefer to go
> on doing things the old way because I occasionally use other Unix 
> systems. Specifically, I'd like to
> tell tex to look in certain directories within my home directory tree 
> for additional style files. What's
> the standard way to do that?
Actually, I seem to have misunderstood. The $TEXMF variable is not 
necessary if you only want to use
~/Library/texmf, but it is not ignored if it is set. So it seems under 
OS X we have the best of both worlds.

I set the following in my .bash_profile and it's working fine:

if [ `uname` = "Darwin" ]; then
elif [ `uname` = "SunOS" ]; then

export BIBINPUTS=.:$HOME/Papers:$TEXMF/bibtex/{bib,}//

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