[OS X TeX] a problem with pdftex/TeXShop

Justin C. Walker justin at mac.com
Mon Jun 4 22:56:53 EDT 2012

On Jun 4, 2012, at 19:51 , Arthur Snoke wrote:

> I have a .tex filt that yesterday I was able to process with either pdftex directly or Typset from within TeXShop (v2.26 on Mac OS 10.6.8).  Today neither works, but the errors are different.
> Directly from a terminal screen:
> pdftex for_bill
> This is pdfTeXk, Version 3.1415926-1.40.9 (Web2C 7.5.7)
> %&-line parsing enabled.
> entering extended mode
> (./for_bill.tex
> ! Undefined control sequence.
> l.1 \documentclass

This is indicative of trying to compile a pure latex file with TeX.  Try "pdflatex" from the command line, and verify that you have 'LaTeX' in the menu next to the "Typeset" button.


Justin C. Walker, Curmudgeon at Large
Institute for the Absorption of Federal Funds
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