[OS X TeX] pdfopen in MacTeX useful?

Simon Murphy smurphy6 at uclan.ac.uk
Fri Aug 3 08:54:38 CEST 2012

Are you just trying to use Terminal to create your pdf from a .tex document?

A pretty standard workflow for this would be

> latex file.tex

and then if you're using bibtex, assuming you have a corresponding bibliography file "file.bib"

> bibtex file

now run latex a couple more times to get citations correct

> latex file.tex
> latex file.tex

and finally, to output into pdf

> dvips file.dvi
> ps2pdf file.ps

Hope that's useful.

On 3 Aug 2012, at 05:12, Charles Shooshan wrote:

> Good day!
> I am new to the group and new to LaTeX. I have been enjoying using TeXShop but I wanted to be able to work from the Terminal on occasion. I was able to get nano to do syntax highlighting and spell check. I had to manually add the /etc/paths.d/TeX and /etc/manpaths.d/TeX files (I am using Lion and plan to move to Mountain Lion).
> Now my problem. I stumbled onto pdfopen and first time through I received an acroread not found error. I created a link on my path (/usr/local/bin/acroread) and I pointed it to the executable within first Adobe Reader 9 and then Adobe Reader 10. I then tried a bash script called acroread instead to launch the Readers with the OS X open command.
> Some of this worked a little. Some worked not at all. All seemed to launch X11 (which I believe is gone in Mountain Lion but can a version can be downloaded). I also used the -viewer ar9-tab with pdfopen. When it worked, the file opened in Adobe Reader but did not reload if I issued the command again after a change.
> Might it somehow work with Preview?
> Should I just abandon the idea of using pdfopen?
> Is there another option for "terminal workflow" in OS X?
> Thanks for any help,
> Charlie
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