[OS X TeX] Command line question

François Chaplais francois.chaplais at mines-paristech.fr
Mon Aug 31 16:12:29 EDT 2009

Hi I am LaTeX Mac user  and I also use a programming environment  
called revolution ( http://www.runrev.com ) which is roughly a  
successor to hypercard. This environment can send commands to the  
shell for execution. I want to use it to run pdflatex on a text file.

My Tex install is a 2008 release (the one that is currently available  
at http://www.tug.org/mactex/ ). System is 10.5.8 (not SL)

This revolution code works (i.e. I get the right pdf and a result  
string which is equal to the content of the log file). "--" indicates  

      set the shellcommand to "/bin/bash" -- this set the shell to  
bash as in terminal
      set the defaultfolder to theFolder -- this sets the folder where  
the command line will be executed
								--- to the string in the variable "theFolder" -- like "cd"
      answer shell("/usr/local/texlive/2008/bin/universal-darwin/ 
pdflatex" && last item of theFilePath)
			-- this runs the string between parentheses in the previously  
defined shell and
			-- displays the output of pdflatex

This also works with sh and tcsh.

However, if I replace
in the previous code, I get the error string "pdflatex: Command not  
found.". Using sh or tcsh returns the same error.

I very much would like the second command ("pdflatex") to work, as it  
is rather universal (and it works in the terminal).

I know that this is a cross environment problem, but I suspect this  
could be better solved by mac TeX wise men rather than by the  
revolution community.

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