[OS X TeX] Changing texdoc behaviour

Ettore Aldrovandi ealdrov at mail.math.fsu.edu
Sun Jan 28 23:23:45 EST 2007

On Sun, Jan 28, 2007 at 10:36:24PM -0500, Alan Munn wrote:

> At 10:26 PM -0500 1/28/07, Alan Munn wrote:

> >
> >#!/bin/sh
> >FileName= `basename $1 .dvi`
> >OutputFile= /var/tmp/$FileName.pdf
> >dvipdf $FileName $OutputFile  | open -a Preview.app
> >
> >This seems to give the required behaviour.   Are there any obvious 
> >problems with doing this?
> Ok, I'll stop wasting people's time reading my thinking out loud. 
> Sorry.  I had fooled myself into thinking this script worked, but it 
> doesn't.  But the idea is right, I guess.  If someone wants to bail 
> me out with a working script along these lines I'll be grateful.

Why the pipe in the last line? The output of dvipdf goes to
$OutputFile, not stdout. (Besides, I don't think open can be used
in that way: If I try "cat file.pdf|open -a preview" I only get
Preview.app to open.) Why not:

dvipdf $FileName $OutputFile
open -a preview $OutputFile 


Ettore Aldrovandi
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