[OS X TeX] kpsewhich pointing to wrong location?
maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Sat Jan 20 04:57:19 EST 2007
On Jan 20, 2007, at 10:30, Peter Dyballa wrote:
> Am 20.01.2007 um 02:29 schrieb Nathan Paxton:
>> When I type "locate kpsewhich" I get:
>> nathanpaxton$ locate kpsewhich
> Instead of simply invoking locate, you could make it a filter that
> either rejects or keeps a particular string.
> Example one: locate kpsewhich | grep -v teTeX
> Example two: locate kpsewhich | grep TeXLive
> And of course you can create a shell function or a shell alias to
> ease this!
I would not use locate for this purpose at all: the locate database
is updated by periodic weekly (I think), which runs at 4 in the
morning, if the computer is running (i.e. not asleep or off) at that
time. Therefore most machines have a terribly out of date locate
database, and the results can not be trusted, especially when you
want to automate this for a variety of systems, TextMate probably
wants to support *any* available text system.
The appropriate approach is to use a) a preference for setting the
TeX binaries path (which is used by almost all GUI fontends) or b)
run /all/ shell initialization scripts and get the path correctly
Of course, with /usr/texbin now becoming the preferred standard, no
matter which tex you have, this problem will become moot in the not
too distant future (hey, I can always dream).
If you want an up to date locate (and have other maintenance done
that is normally performed in the middle of the night), you can run
sudo periodic daily; sudo periodic weekly; sudo periodic monthly. The
weekly does locate. There is a GUI for this called Janitor.
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