[OS X TeX] latexit issues

David Watson dewatson at mac.com
Sun Jun 15 15:02:12 EDT 2008

I am going to assume that Apple is setting TMPDIR during the  
loginwindow process somewhere.

Derek, if you are still reading this, you might want to try
in Terminal.

If you see something like
     derek _lpadmin _appserveradm _appserverusr admin
where "derek" is the first item in the list, then you should try the  
     ls $TMPDIR/../..

If AND ONLY If you see some junk like
     chown -R derek:derek $TMPDIR
in Terminal.

On Jun 15, 2008, at 1:38 PM, Jan Anderssen wrote:

> Hi,
>> Thanks for the clarification. It's perhaps purely academic at this  
>> point, but this now does beg the question, why TMPDIR is set on the  
>> OP's computer, and whether unsetting it might somehow miraculously  
>> fix things? In particular, who owns that directory? It doesn't  
>> sound to me like var is a directory that was meant to be easily  
>> user-writable.
> Things might have accidentally gotten switched around here:
> TMPDIR isn't (or at least appears not to be) set on the OPs  
> computer, but it is on mine, where things work. Now that might be  
> completely co-incidental, but I thought it was worth pointing out,  
> since we were speculating about that directory.
> TMPDIR is set on my computer even after restarting it, and it's not  
> in my .bash_profile (and I don't have any other customizations as  
> far as i can tell), so I, like David, don't know where it's set.
> However, it seems that LatexIt makes use of NSTemporaryDirectory(),  
> which returns the same directory as TMPDIR, but doesn't seem to care  
> much about what's in my .bash_profile. I tried to explicitly set  
> TMPDIR there, and even after logging in and out, LatexIt now  
> "exports" the TMPDIR I have in my .bash_profile, but continues to  
> use the one that NSTemporaryDirectory() returns.
> If anybody knows how to change this directory, Derek could try to do  
> so and see if that helps the problems.
> Alternatively, maybe forcing a "chown" on the current temporary  
> directory (/var/folders/xE/xEm5OXIjHROVEkNVZizEOU+++TI/-Tmp-/) to  
> change the owner might help. Or simply (if there's nothing important  
> in there) deleting/moving it?
> Cheers,
> Jan

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