[OS X TeX] MacTex and teminal

Richard Koch koch at math.uoregon.edu
Tue Aug 21 13:12:50 EDT 2007


I suspect, as do others, that you also have Fink's teTeX distribution  
of TeX. If that is the case, your GUI applications will correctly use  
MacTeX, but when you call TeX from the Terminal, you'll see Fink's  

MacTeX comes with a Preference Pane and associated data structure by  
Jerome Laurens and Gerben Wierda which allows you to use multiple TeX  
distributions and switch easily from one to another. The latest MacTeX  
packages understand Fink's teTeX. But there is one fly in the ointment:

Fink modifies your path by putting /sw/bin first, so if you use TeX  
from the Terminal, you will always see Fink's teTeX regardless of the  
TeX distribution chosen in the Preference Pane. This is easily fixed.  
Open the shell configuration file modified by Fink and modify the PATH  
(after it is set by Fink) by adding


to the front of the path.

Dick Koch
koch at math.uoregon.edu

On Aug 21, 2007, at 5:15 AM, adam Fenn wrote:

> I have just installed the MacTeX-2007 package but when I run
> latex from the terminal I get the following message;
> warning: Could not open char translation file `cp8bit.tcx'.
> This is e-TeX, Version 3.141592-2.1 (Web2C 7.5.2)
> kpathsea: Running mktexfmt latex.efmt
> fmtutil: unknown format type: latex.efmt.
> I can't find the format file `latex.efmt'!
> Have I neglected to do something important during the installation?
> Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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