Package documentation (was Re: [OS X TeX] Minimal flowchart)
herbs at wideopenwest.com
Wed May 9 07:49:15 EDT 2007
On May 9, 2007, at 1:17 AM, Alan Munn wrote:
> At 8:45 PM -0700 5/8/07, Joshua Smith wrote:
>> On May 8, 2007, at 8:21 PM, Adam M. Goldstein wrote:
>>> On May 8, 2007, at 8:18 PM, Mark Eli Kalderon wrote:
>>>> Are you sure it is not installed already? What distribution are
>>>> you using? Try running kpsewhich pgf.sty to see if it is
>>>> actually already installed. Best, Mark
>>> I have TL2007, and the kpsewhihch command Mark suggests found
>>> pgf.sty om my machine.
>>> I think Schremmer uses gwTeX, though? As a matter of fact
>>> ``locate pgf" finds it in the appropriate gwTeX folders.
>>> So have at it . . .
>> I am considering using pgf/TikZ. I see (now) that gwTeX includes
>> it, but when trying to open the documentation, texdoc pgf and
>> texdoc tikz do not find anything, but texdoc pgfmanual does. I
>> only knew this filename because I thought gwTeX did not include it
>> and found the manual in the package download. As another example,
>> texdoc hyperref and texdoc hyperref/manual yield two different
>> pdfs. In general, how I am supposed to know how to call the
>> documentation if texdoc <packagename> does not open it?
> This is a bit of a pain. It would be much nicer if package authors
> made the documentation file the same as the package name, so that
> to find the docs for foo.sty one could always type texdoc foo.
> However, since it's not this way, I usually use locate and grep to
> find the doc files related to a package. So locate foo | grep doc
> will yield a list of files from which one can usually guess the
> right one for the manaual. Then use texdoc to open that file.
> Maybe there's a better way.
> TCOB browser theoretically can do this better, but I never seemed
> to figure out how to get it to find all the local documentation.
> (It seems to find some but not others.)
I've been using Spotlight (of coursed you must have OS X 10.4.x) with
reasonably good success. To get it to index my gwTeX distribution I
use SpotlightIndexer and tell it to force the indexing (I think
that's the default in the latest version but I'm not sure---it's set
in preferences) of /usr/local/gwTeX/. If anything changes in you
distribution you'll have to re-run SpotlightIndexer but that doesn't
happen very often so it isn't a big deal.
BibDesk supplies a built-in ,bib importer, TeXShop has aa built-
in .tex importer and Adam Maxwell once put together a .dvi importer
(is that still available?).
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)
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