[OS X TeX] TeXmaker & Textures

Axel E. Retif axel.retif at mac.com
Tue Apr 29 19:58:36 EDT 2008

On  29 Apr, 2008, at 14:50, Lantz Susan wrote:

> I have been using TeXShop on my Mac iBook, and I like it very much.  
> But
> on the EOS (Evil Operating System) Tobisha Tablet I have to use at the
> University, I have TeXmaker. (I have MikTeX and other things, too,  
> but I
> prefer TeXmaker.)

TeXmaker is a front-end (editor) to a TeX distribution. MikTeX is the  
TeX distribution (just as MacTeX). MikTeX installs some front-ends  
(WinEdt, at least) for you to edit your (La)TeX files, just as MacTeX  
installs TeXShop, for example.

> I have installed TeXmaker and Textures on my iBook, but whenever I
> attempt to use either program, TeXmaker and Textures both hit the
> \documentclass command and tell me that the command has never been
> defined. That makes me think that both programs are looking for
> commands, styles, packages, etc. in places other than where the
> commands, packages, etc. are.

On  29 Apr, 2008, at 15:14, Chris Goedde wrote:

> If \documentclass is not defined, then you're accidentally running  
> plain TeX instead of LaTeX, would be my guess.

Which sounds really weird, as TeXmaker doesn't have a TeX command per  
se, but LaTeX, pdfLaTeX, etc. Also, TeXMaker 1.7 has the paths set  
correctly as /usr/texbin/; for example, in menu texmaker ->  
Preferences -> Commands, pdfLaTeX has the command

"/usr/texbin/pdflatex" -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex

> Strangely enough (to my way of thinking), TeXLive2007 was not  
> installed
> in the usual place on the Toshiba, yet TeXmaker can find all the
> commands, packages, etc.

You said you installed MikTeX ---it installs its TeX distribution in  
C:\Program Files\MikTeX 2.7\. TeXmaker knows about it, just as in the  
Mac it knows about /usr/texbin/.

> But on the iBook, where TeXLive was installed in the usual place  
> (as best I can tell), TeXmaker and Textures can't find anything.

Did you install TeXLive with its installation script or through  
MacTeX? MacTeX is TeXLive, but it also has some scripts to set the  
paths correctly. Those are the paths that TeXmaker 1.7 looks for.

> Can someone tell me where TeXmaker and Textures think the commands,
> packages, etc. are? If I knew that, I think I could get TeXmaker to  
> work
> on the iBook. I don't know if the Textures fix would be as simple, but
> I'd really like to see how this new version (beta or not) of Textures
> compares to the old.

Unfortunately, I don't know anything about Textures, but TeXmaker 1.7  
works for me with MacTeX.



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