[OS X TeX] Placing macro files

Nitecki, Zbigniew H. Zbigniew.Nitecki at tufts.edu
Thu Jun 7 07:36:33 EDT 2018

OK, here is where the dummy in me comes out.
I “transferred” the files by taking my last backup from the old computer (on an external hard drive) and copying or “restoring” on the new one.

I managed to find ~/Library/texmf/tex/latex and I think the answer to your question is “no” (though why it worked on the old one I don’t know).
So how do I create such a symbolic link?

Zbigniew Nitecki
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On Jun 7, 2018, at 8:27, Herbert Schulz <herbs at wideopenwest.com<mailto:herbs at wideopenwest.com>> wrote:

On Jun 7, 2018, at 6:11 AM, Nitecki, Zbigniew H. <Zbigniew.Nitecki at tufts.edu<mailto:Zbigniew.Nitecki at tufts.edu>> wrote:

This is a stupid question regarding placement of files for TeXShop from a confused soul.

I recently transferred my files to a new computer, and am having trouble with locating style files.
I have many user-defined macros which I have on Dropbox (in order to use them on several computers)
in a folder called “Mymacros” inside a larger folder called “Macros” (containing also some style files for journals I submit to).
When I tried to edit a file recently I got a “can’t find file” message, to which I responded with a pathname, but then the \usepackage
call on the next line resulted in a “missing \begin{document}”  message, to which I didn’t know how to respond (the \begin{document} command comes after the list of \usepackage calls).
I attach a truncated version of the source file, and the log file from trying to compile that truncated source file below.

My question is an either/or: either “how can I fix it so that TeXShop finds the files where I have them” or “where can I put them so that TeXShop will find them”?
My knowledge of how the internal organization of files in OSX is casual at best, so assume I am an idiot in that department: at least if the second question is being answered, I need a “for dummies” version.


First, how did you ``transfer'' your files? Also, do you have a symbolic link for your Dropbox stored packages to ~/Library/texmf/tex/latex/somefolder? Otherwise I don't see how TeX can find the files in the first place?

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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