[OS X TeX] High Sierra Bug

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Fri Nov 24 14:24:18 EST 2017

> On Nov 24, 2017, at 1:12 PM, Rowland McDonnell <rowland.mcdonnell at physics.org> wrote:
>> I am still on 10.10 (yosemite) and feel it is time to upgrade.  I see
>> that version 13.1 came out last month, but it does not look like it
>> “fixed” bugs of the sort Richard refers too.
>> My sense is that there are not that many bugs, which if so may be
>> because going from Sierra to High Sierra is probably not a major
>> upgrade.
>> I would appreciate advice as to when I should upgrade: now or …
> I've recently gone from 10.6.8 to 10.13.1 (Snow Leopard to High Sierra).
> (My old 3.06 GHz Core2Duo iMac broke; I got a 2.8 GHz Core i7 iMac to replace it and the latest OS because you would, wouldn't you?)
> From the point of view of MacTeX, everything seems fine with 10.13.1 - although you should download the latest version of TeXShop.  The version of TeXShop supplied with the MacTeX 2017 installer is obsolete.  I didn't pay any attention until the TeXShop installed by MacTeX 2017 unexpectedly quit on me; the latest version, TeXShop v3.91, has behaved flawlessly so far.


MacTeX is built once a year and that typically is in the June time frame so we, in general, have very little knowledge about how things will change when the next macOS version finally comes out in the autumn. Luckily you can always check for updates in TeXShop->Check for Updates… menu item. Another way to go, especially if there might be other TeX related apps you might want to look at, is to download MacTeXtras.zip which usually contains the most recent versions of the software it carries. (Well, there is a al;ways a bit of a time lag when the software is updated until it gets in MacTeXtras and the  gets distributed through CTAN.)

> From the off-topic point of view of "is it time to get High Sierra", I've been told by the developer of DragThing that there's a bug in the High Sierra graphics drivers due to be fixed in the next macOS update.
> (the bug causes occasional scrambled icons on DragThing's docks; starting DT with cmd-opt held down sorts it out)
> In short, 10.13.1 and MacTeX 2017 are fine together from the point of view of what I've done, but you might want to wait a bit.
> Hope this helps,
> Rowland.

My main problem is that my older 21" iMac from 2011 doesn't have a Retina display and PDFKit under High Sierra gives a fuzzy display of PDF files. Strangely this was NOT the case with Sierra.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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