[OS X TeX] Re: Newbie is confused by Getting Started document

George Gratzer gratzer at ms.umanitoba.ca
Mon Jan 22 06:53:21 CET 2007


Gary,

You are really getting pissed off. I understand, some of these  
discussions tend to get under your skin.

On the other hand, we get often really first rate advice.

I think this is an excellent group. I tame it a bit with Mail rules:  
throw away all correspondence by xxx. Some have nothing to day but  
write a lot...

Sigh.

GG


On Jan 21, 2007, at 9:22 PM, Gary L. Gray wrote:

>
> On Jan 21, 2007, at 9:52 PM, Bob Harris wrote:
>
>> Earlier this evening, I wrote:
>>> I'm new to TeX on Mac OSX.
>>>   ...
>>> So it seems to me like all I need is something that
>>> converts latex to pdf and is easy to install.
>>
>> Looking at some other latex pages, it looks like all I might need are
>> these commands
>>   latex sample.tex
>>   dvips -o sample.ps sample.dvi
>>   dvips -o -Ppdf sample.ps sample.dvi
>>   ps2pdf sample.ps
>>
>> Though I haven't tried them out yet, those commands (latex, dvips,  
>> and
>> ps2pdf) are all available on the command line without me installing
>> anything.  Given that I probably would be using TextWrangler as my
>> editor anyway, is there really any good reason for me to download the
>> other stuff?  From the standpoint of converting latex to pdf, is  
>> there
>> something these command line tools are lacking?
>
>
> Of course anything that can be done with TeXShop can also be  
> invoked from the command line. If that is your cup of tea, go for  
> it. You will lose the ability sync between source and preview  
> (invaluable in long docs) and several other nice things that it  
> provides, but it sounds like you aren't really interested in  
> anything new.
>
> Regards,
>   Gary
>
>
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