[OS X TeX] TeXLive issue

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Tue May 8 20:13:42 EDT 2007

On May 8, 2007, at 6:43 PM, Alan Litchfield wrote:

> Hi,
> Adam M. Goldstein wrote:
>> Maybe you need to replace /usr/local/blah blah blah . . . above with
>> /usr/texbin
>> in the TeXShop "engine" preferences?
> It is installed into:
> /usr/local/texlive/2007/bin/powerpc-darwin/ done that, thanks.
>> To make sure that you are using TL2007, set your "TeX Distributions"
>> preference pane in the OS X system prefs to TL2007. This should be
>> installed with TL 2007, I think.
> Hmm haven't got one of those. But I installed from the command line.


Did you install TeX Live 2007 directly or via the MacTeX installer?  
If the latter you should set TeXShop->Preferences->Engine path to  
binaries preference to


rather than the actual path since updates to 2008 or changing to  
gwTeX will change that symbolic link so nothing will have to be done  
in TeXShop in the future.

> OK, here's something.
> In the TeXShop preferences I switched from pdftex for the  
> typesetting engine
> to Personal Script, and in the Personal script field I entered ./ 
> pdflatex.

I don't understand this at all! I can't believe that pdflatex is in  
the same directory as the file you want to compile.

> And you know? It worked.

What does that mean?

> But, the permissions for pdflatex are:
> lrwxr-xr-x   1 root  wheel  6 May  9 10:58 pdflatex -> pdftex
> Alan

It means the pdflatex is simply a symbolic link to pdftex. That is  
normal since pdftex looks to see how it is executed (e.g., with the  
name pdflatex) to determine what format to use by default and whether  
to produce dvi or pdf dirtectly.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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