[OS X TeX] TeXShop 2.10beta10
koch at math.uoregon.edu
Sat Jun 2 02:10:16 EDT 2007
On Jun 1, 2007, at 10:36 PM, Jung-Tsung Shen wrote:
>> As a first step, please go to the Apple System Preferences control
>> panel. Do you have a "TeX Distribution" panel at the bottom?
> Nothing there ...
>> What happens when you open Terminal and type
>> cd /usr
>> ls -l texbin
> No such file or directory.
>> What happens when you type
>> which pdflatex
> So guess I AM using Fink installation!
Aha. Now I understand what happened to you. TeXShop did the correct
switching to /usr/texbin. But you don't have an up-to-date TeX
you got an error message. To further confuse matters, it looks like
two TeX distributions, Fink's teTeX and Gerben Wierda's original
Luckily, Gerben Wierda and Jerome Laurens have figured out how to
confusing situation, which happens more often than we'd hope.
I'd like you to install one of the modern TeX distributions. This
will NOT OVERWRITE
your existing distributions, so you can continue to use one of them
if you wish. But it will
add the TeX Dist preference pane by Jerome, allowing you to switch
Adding this modern installation will make /usr/texbin work in
TeXShop, no matter which distribution
you choose to use. It will enable you to trivially switch between the
and your old one, in case you fear that some incompatible change was
made in the
Also when you installed Fink, your PATH variable was modified,
or in some other .bash... file. Now /sw/bin is the first element in
If you install a modern distribution as I suggest, then please also
your PATH so /usr/texbin is the first element and PATH reads:
where the remaining PATH elements remain as they are now.
Then Fink won't interfere with using TeX from the command line and
use the distribution chosen by the preference pane.
There are currently at least three distributions which provide the
TeX Dist stuff:
TeXLive-2007-Dev (get this at www.tug.org/mactex/
morepackages.html; 627.7 MB)
gwTeX (get this using i-Installer or at www.tug.org/mactex/
morepackages.html; 321 MB)
BasicTeX (get this at www.uoregon.edu/~koch; 39.7 MB)
The main difference between these distributions is size. The first
gives a complete
installation of the latest version of TeXLive-2007, but is a very
large download. The second
gives Gerben Wierda's carefully selected subset of TeXLive-2007,
which almost always
provides everything you need and can easily be kept up to date with i-
Installer. The third is
a sort of experimental subset of TeXLive-2007 deliberately designed
to be a very small
download with a fair amount of functionality.
And join me in thanking Gerben and Jerome for this wonderful solution
to your problem.
koch at math.uoregon.edu
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