[OS X TeX] PATH in Leopard

Justin C. Walker justin at mac.com
Thu Jan 3 18:39:37 EST 2008

On Dec 30, 2007, at 24:20 , Martin Costabel wrote:

> Alain Matthes wrote:
>> Now I have a file paths in /etc
>> paths : the contents are
>> /usr/bin
>> /bin
>> /usr/sbin
>> /sbin
>> /usr/local/bin
>> and a directory paths.d
>> With a file X11
>> /usr/X11/bin
>> etc/paths and directory /etc/paths.d are described as the places  
>> where search path action takes place now.
>> Does anybody know where important UNIX stuff like this is explained ?
> This is not "important UNIX stuff", it is a little Apple-private  
> kludge, badly documented.
> Here is what some other people think of it:
> <http://www.kilala.nl/Sysadmin/index.php?id=934>

The man page (another set of resources) does state:

      The path_helper utility should not be invoked directly.  It is  
      only for use by the shell profile."

Your comment on the documentation is certainly accurate.


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