[OS X TeX] Texmaker

Christoph Hoh lists.ch at freenet.de
Sun Mar 16 17:21:25 EDT 2008

Dear Allan,

thanks for your help. I have installed the Developer Tools from the  
Mac OS X DVD and I have tried to follow your instructions. At step ./ 
configure I receive the following error message:

macbook:~/desktop/ghostscript-8.62 christoph$ ./configure
checking for gcc... no
checking for cc... no
checking for cl.exe... no
configure: error: no acceptable C compiler found in $PATH
See `config.log' for more details.

I don't know what to do next since my OS X skills are rather limited.

Any advice? Thanks in advance!


Am 16.03.2008 um 20:39 schrieb Alan Munn:

At 6:54 PM +0100 3/16/08, Christoph Hoh wrote:
> Dear list members,
> it seems that I have exactly the same problem as Tamer had some  
> time ago.
> Obviously, he could solve the problem by copying an up-to-date  
> version of ps2pdf to his MacTeX installation.
> I'd like to do the same, but I don't know HOW to do it: [Install v.  
> 8.6 of Ghostscript]
> 1. WHERE can I find the actual version of Ghostscript/ps2pdf?

Theoretically, these parts of MacTeX depend on Gerbeb Wierda's  
distribution, which can be updated using i-installer (which should  
have been installed when you installed MacTeX.)  However, Gerben only  
has gs version 8.57 on his i-package directory, which might not solve  
your problem.  [ An aside, (aimed at others reading this): On my  
system, i-installer reports that I have the most up-to-date package,  
(which should be gs v. 8.57) but my gs version returns v. 8.54.  Does  
anyone else see a similar discrepancy? ]

It's not hard, however, to build your own version of gs if you're not  
averse to using the command line and have the Developer Tools  
installed. (If you don't have Developer Tools installed you will need  
to install it first from the Installation DVD that came with your  
computer or the CDs from the your most recent full version of OS X  
that you have.)

Here's the link


Download GPL Ghostscript 8.62  (The file is: ghostscript-8.62.tar.bz2)

Open a terminal window and change directory to wherever you  
downloaded.  (Assume it's the Desktop)

$ cd ~/Desktop
$ tar -xjvf ghostscript-8.62.tar.bz2
$ cd ghostscript-8.62
$ ./configure
$ make
$ sudo make install

And you're done.  (Note: each phase (and especially the 'make' phase)  
will take a while to complete.)

> 2. HOW can I integrate the newer version of Ghostscript/ps2pdf into  
> my MacTeX installation (installed in July 2007)?

There is no specific integration needed.  Installation of gs will  
just work with anything that needs it.


Note: tested only on a PPC running 10.4.11, but should work on other  
machines and Leopard (can someone confirm this?)

Alan Munn amunn at msu.edu
Department of Linguistics                             and Germanic,  
Slavic, Asian and African Languages   Fax.  +1-517-432-2736
Michigan State University, East Lansing MI 48824       Tel.   

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