[OS X TeX] Ghostscript 9.15

Michael Sharpe msharpe at ucsd.edu
Sun Oct 12 00:30:52 EDT 2014

On Oct 11, 2014, at 3:26 PM, Herbert Schulz <herbs at wideopenwest.com> wrote:

> Unfortunately the answer is `it depends'.
> In some apps the path to the distiller (i.e., gs) is entered into the app itself. E.g., TeXShop has a setting for the distiller path in TeXShop->Preferences->Engine->Path settings; it's /usr/local/bin by default so the version installed by MacTeX in /usr/local/bin will be used. Other apps may have settings like this or not. If you use Terminal to do your distilling which version being used will depend upon the order of /opt/local/bin and /usr/local/bin in the PATH variable; first one searched (from left to right) will win.
> Finally, unless you specifically tell the installer MacTeX-2014 installs gs 9.10 so there is no difference between them. However, if you install the new gs 9.15 built by Dick Koch it will go into /usr/local/gs and the order mentioned above will take precedence.

Another thing to consider---if you use [la]tex+dvips+distiller as your Engine choice, with the default simpdftex script, that script determines the path to (the parent of) gs, being by default


so it will not use the version in /opt/local/bin unless you modify the script, no matter how you set TeXShop's TeXShop->Preferences->Engine->Path settings.


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