[OS X TeX] Configuring TeXShop to use XeLaTeX instead of pdfLaTeX

Murray Eisenberg murrayeisenberg at gmail.com
Tue Jul 7 17:23:18 EDT 2020

What exactly is the difference between

% !TEX program = xelatexmk


% !TEX TS-program = xelatexmk

(and similarly for other engines)?

In the TeXShop Help > Comment Lines and Hidden Preferences I see reference only to the first of those.

>>>> On 4 Jul2020, at 1:23 PM, Herbert Schulz <herbs at wideopenwest.com <mailto:herbs at wideopenwest.com>> wrote:
>>>>> On Jul 4, 2020, at 12:15 PM, Murray Eisenberg <murrayeisenberg at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>> I think I need to switch from pdfLaTeX to XeLaTeX, to avoid various patches required, e.g., between babel and some other packages (including cleveref).
>>>>> For the TeXShop pdflatexmk engine, in my document source directory I use the following platexmkrc:
>>>>> 	$makeindex = "makeindex -s %R.ist %O -o %D %S”;
>>>>> and the following latexmkrc:
>>>>> 	# latexmkrc
>>>>> 	# Custom dependency and function for nomencl package
>>>>> 	add_cus_dep('nlo', 'nls', 0, 'makenlo2nls'); 
>>>>> 		 sub makenlo2nls { 
>>>>> 			 system("makeindex -s nomencl.ist -o '$_[0]'.nls '$_[0]'.nlo"); 
>>>>> 		 }
>>>>> Do these need to be modified in any way, or do I need some kind of alternative files, so as to allow using the xelatexmk engine?
>>>> Look in ~/Library/TeXShop/Engines/Inactive/Latexmk (you can open ~/Library/TeXShop using the TeXShop->Open ~/Library/TeXShop Menu Command). There you'll find a xelatexmk.engine file (along with latexmk.engine for using latex->dvips->ps2pdf and lualatexmk,engine for using lualatex). Just copy that engine (or those engines) up two levels to ~/Library/TeXShop/Engines and re-start TeXShop. Then you can use xelatexmk in the TeXShop directive
>>>> % !TEX program = xelatexmk
>>>> (or
>>>> % !TEX TS-program = xelatexmk
>>>> to get latexmk to use xelatex.

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