[OS X TeX] TeX on Snow Leopard

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Mon Aug 31 08:37:13 EDT 2009

On Aug 31, 2009, at 5:49 AM, Luis Sequeira wrote:

>> Thanks for this information. Unfortunately, while TeXShop is still
>> finding the TeX binaries on my system since I installed Snow Leopard,
>> the terminal is not finding commands such as texhash, updmap etc,  
>> even
>> after completing all the steps below. It keeps saying "Command Not
>> Found".
>> I'm therefore going to have to stay on TeX-Live 2007 for the time
>> being. (I have a large collection of non-standard fonts so I need
>> updmap etc to work. So much for my attempt at a big-bang upgrade.)
>> I've tried some complex test files and they all seem to work with
>> TeXShop 2.26, TeX-Live 2007 and Snow Leopard.
>> Kind regards,
>> Luci
> I believe this just means that you don't have /usr/texbin in your  
> I found that I had the same problem and it was solved that adding it  
> back: since my shell is tcsh, I just created a .tcshrc file in my  
> home directory, and put "set path = ( /usr/texbin $path )" inside it  
> (no quotes, of course).
> Most people seem to use the bash shell, which is the default. A  
> similar operation can be done for it, although the syntax is  
> different. Create a .bashrc file (if you don't have it already) and  
> put inside it a line containing
> "export PATH=/usr/texbin:$PATH". Then try and open a new terminal  
> window and see if it works. You can also type "echo $PATH$ to see  
> what your current PATH variable looks like.
> Luis Sequeira


TeXShop has the path to the TeX binaries built in via its preferences  
while the shell (Terminal) uses the path variable ($PATH for sh or  
bash, $path for csh/tcsh). With Leopard or Snow Leopard and unless you  
also have a Fink or MacPorts TeX distribution (both very old now) you  
shouldn't change you personal ``profile'' but rather have the system  
automatically put the proper path in for you.

Create a text file that contains


and end it with a Return (i.e., the cursor should be on the next  
line). Save it as TeX to your Desktop. In Terminal copy it, as root,  
to the proper location

sudo cp ~/Desktop/TeX /etc/paths.d

and your done. You may have to log-out and back in for this to take  
effect or maybe only restart Terminal.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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