[OS X TeX] Re: Ghostscript and ImageMagick

Pierfranco Minsenti pierfranco.minsenti at gmail.com
Mon Sep 8 10:10:19 CEST 2008

Hi all,

sorry for the simple question from a newbie about the same problem: that is
using the new version of ImageMagick and Ghostscript recently retrieved from
MacPorts instead of those installed with the MacTex 2007 version. My
question is: with the suggestion "make "/usr/local/bin/gs" a symbolic link
to "/opt/local/bin/gs"" what dou you mean by "symbolic link"? In the Mac is
this what is normally called an "alias"? That is: should I point to
/opt/local/bin/gs, Ctrl+click of the mouse, and from the contextual menu
select Create alias and then move this alias to the directory
/usr/local/bin/ ? Is this what you mean?
Thank you in advance for a more detailed explanation of what to do in this

2008/9/6 Vic Norton <vic at norton.name>

> Thanks for the advice, Peter. I've made "/usr/local/bin/gs" a symbolic link
> to "/opt/local/bin/gs". At Dick Koch's suggestion I've also change the
> Engine/Distiller preference in TeXShop to "/opt/local/bin".
> Regards,
> Vic
> On Sep 6, 2008, at 12:06 PM, Peter Dyballa wrote:
>> Am 06.09.2008 um 17:29 schrieb Vic Norton:
>>  A possibly related question. My PATH reads
>>> PATH=/opt/local/bin:/Users/vic/bin:/bin:/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/textbin
>>> Does this mean that /opt/local is preferred to /usr/local or visa versa?
>> On the command line this is true. In an application such as TeXShop or
>> Aquamacs Emacs it can be different. To make sure that only the MacPorts
>> Ghostscript is used, you can simply remove /usr/local/bin/gs (or rename it)
>> and then create a symbolic link /usr/local/bin/gs pointing to
>> /opt/local/bin/gs.
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