[OS X TeX] Re: [texhax] Wrong latex getting used.

Rolf Turner r.turner at auckland.ac.nz
Tue Mar 3 04:30:40 CET 2009


Thanks very much for your message.  I think you've solved my problem,
at least at the initial level.  See below.

On 3/03/2009, at 3:25 PM, Axel E. Retif wrote:

> Rolf,
>
> I'm ccing your message below to Richard Koch, MacTeX maintainer.
>
> (By the way, I would advise you to subscribe to the Mac OS X TeX
> mailing list:
>
> http://email.esm.psu.edu/mailman/listinfo/macosx-tex )

	Someone else already tendered the same advice, and I
	have subscribed.
>
> MacTeX installs a control panel in System Preferences, called TeX
> distribution, that lets you shift from one TeX distribution to another
> with just a mouse click; for example, you can have TeXLive-2007,
> TeXLive-2008, gwTeX, Fink's teTeX and MacPorts TeX, and choose which
> one you want to use at any time.
>
> So check the control panel, and see which distribution is selected in
> it.

I checked the control panel; there were three choices: Fink-teTeX,  
TeXLive-2007,
and TeXLive-2008.  The TexLive-2008 seemed to be the active one, i.e.  
its
button was ``high-lighted'' (had a black do in it).

> If that doesn't work. You can do three things: 1) reinstall MacTeX so
> it again takes control of your distributions; 2) tell Fink to
> uninstall teTeX (but that would be a problem if you have Fink's
> packages that depend on it); or 3) comment out momentarily the Fink
> line ( . /sw/bin/init.sh in .bashrc, and something similar in .cshrc),

Nya-ha!  That's where the refusal to set my path to what I want is
coming from.  I should've noticed that; it was right before my eyes.
Bit of a ``duhhhh'' on my part.

> logout ---or restart your computer--- and see if your system now
> recognizes TeXLive as your valid distribution.

I commented out the ``source /sw/bin/init.sh" line in my .cshrc file
sourced .cshrc, and then did  ``latex junk''.  Bingo!  It ran; no
error thrown.  (And of course my path was as I had specified it.)

So I've got a workaround at least.  Seems a wee bit jerry-built to
jigger around with the path like that, but.  Am I running into any
dangers that way?

Thanks for your help.

	cheers,

		Rolf Turner

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