[OS X TeX] newbie question on fonts motivated by LaTeXiT

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Fri Oct 26 18:12:11 EDT 2007

On 26 Oct 2007, at 9:52 pm, dan at geer.org wrote:

> So, I check xelatex, leave in my font directives, and
> use as input simply "1<2" -- and things improve to where
> now get only one error
>   unexpected error, please see "LaTeX > Display last log"
> which is reproduced below.

The key message is this line in your log output:

> sh: line 1: xdv2pdf: command not found

This means that the pdf file creation will fail, because the  
necessary tool for pdf generation was not found in the command path.  
And therefore you end up with an:

> --------------- error while processing xelatex ---------------

I believe the problem is that when LaTeXiT runs the tool, it doesn't  
have the right PATH set. Assuming MacTeX was installed properly, the  
xdv2pdf tool (like other TeX-related programs) should be available  
at /usr/texbin, but apparently that's not on the command path when  
xelatex is running. xelatex itself is found because you've given the  
full path to it in the LaTeXiT preferences, but it needs to be able  
to find this auxiliary tool itself.

The MacTeX installer normally modifies /etc/profile so that /usr/ 
texbin is in the default path, so I'd have expected this to work for  
you, but perhaps that's not sufficient. I've never actually used  
LaTeXiT, though, and don't know how paths are supposed to be  
configured for it.... I hope someone else can fill in the details.


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