[OS X TeX] Question about MacTex

Wendy McKay wgm at cds.caltech.edu
Fri Sep 28 10:27:46 EDT 2007

On Fri, 28 Sep 2007, Itamar Francez wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm new to the list. I have installed recently MacTex on my mac and
> everything works great, except that I have to store all my .tex files
> under one folder. If I have sub-folder (e.g. with all the files
> relevant to some project), Texshop tells me it can't find some of
> my .sty files (particularly, gb4e.sty) and some of my .bst files. I
> tried to copy the .sty file to:
>  /usr/local/texlive/2007/texmf-dist/tex/latex
> but this didn't help. I also created a texmf folder on my home
> directory, that's not helping either.
> Does anyone know what's going on? I'd really like to have my .tex
> files organized.
> Many thanks,
> Itamar.

Hi Itmar

Take a look at  the FAQ

Q4: Where do I put my personal additions to the texmf tree?

     A4: They go in
and various subdirectories structured according to the standard TeX 
conventions. Here ~/Library is the Library folder in your home directory. 
You may have to create the texmf folder, and any subfolders of it 
mentioned below. For instance, TeX will find any file in
     or a subfolder of this folder, and LaTeX will find any file in
     or a subfolder of this folder. It is not necessary to run texhash when 
adding files to this local tree.

You need to add the tex/latex subfolders to your personal ~/Library/texmf/
if you are running latex files.

Q5: Why can't the latest MacTeX find my local BibTeX files? Earlier 
versions of MacTeX worked correctly.

     A5: TeX Live is slightly pickier about placement of these files. 
".bib" files go in
     or subfolders of this directory, and ".bst" files go in
     or subfolders of this directory.

if you are using bibtex.

Hope this helps,

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