[OS X TeX] Clean Machine, MacTeX 2013 installed, ConTeXt problem

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Tue Sep 17 08:02:36 EDT 2013

On Sep 17, 2013, at 5:59 AM, Gerben Wierda <Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl> wrote:

> As my computer died I had to set up a clean one. I installed MacTeX 2013 and tried to compile a ConTeXt project, but this failed:
> texexec --pdf --mode=editor --once ../products/prd_book.tex
> resolvers       | caches | path '/Users/gerben/Library/texlive/2013/texmf-var' created/System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/2.0/usr/lib/ruby/2.0.0/rubygems/core_ext/kernel_require.rb:45:in `require': /usr/local/texlive/2013/texmf-dist/scripts/context/ruby/base/switch.rb:501: invalid multibyte escape: /\xFF/ (SyntaxError)
> 	from /System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/2.0/usr/lib/ruby/2.0.0/rubygems/core_ext/kernel_require.rb:45:in `require'
> 	from /usr/local/texlive/2013/texmf-dist/scripts/context/ruby/texexec.rb:11:in `<main>'
> It seems a problem in a ruby file in MacTeX 2013. Can someone help me get this working?
> Thanks,
> G


Nice hearing from you!

I'm certainly no expert in ConTeXt so I wonder what happens if you leave out the  --mode=editor  and --once options. I'm still using TeXShop and its internal context (mkii) engine doesn't use those options and seems to work fine on my very simple test files.

Have you updated TeX Live either using TeX Live Utility or tlmgr since the install? There have been many updates to ConTeXt since release.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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