[texworks] Setting search path, using (La)TeX for dvi and synctex

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Wed Sep 17 15:29:32 CEST 2008

On Sep 17, 2008, at 8:11 AM, Stephen Moye wrote:

> I am, in this instance, using TeXworks on Mac OS X 10.5.5.
> 1. I'm trying to get TeXworks to look in:
> 	/usr/local/texlive/2008/bin/universal-darwin
> When I click on the + to add a path ("Paths for TeX and related  
> programs" in TeXworks>Preferences), the resulting dialogue box shows  
> only visible directories. Using terminal, I tried setting the Finder  
> preference to show invisible files, but that had no effect on the  
> dialogue box. I also looked in org.tug.texworks.plist but saw  
> nothing promising there. Can this be done at present?


I believe TEXworks is configured properly out of the box to find /usr/ 
texbin (which is a symlink to the proper bin directory). The TeX  
Distribution System Preference Pane will set the proper symlink so  
that you can have multiple TeX distributions; e.g., play with MacTeX  
2008 while maintaining MacTeX 2007 for ongoing work.

> 2. I can get simpdftex to work, but when I add:
> 	--extratexopts "synctec=1"
> I get an error to the effect that --extratexopts is an unknown  
> option. As far as I can tell, TeXworks is finding simpdftex in /usr/ 
> texbin. Is this right?
> I am coming very much to like TeXworks, and look forward to it  
> becoming a very valuable tool in the TeX toolbox.
> Stephen Moye

You got at least two mistakes: it should be

--extratexopts "--synctex=1"

so there is a missing -- and and x, not a c, in the option name. If  
that doesn't work try placing the --synctex=1, without the quotes, as  
a separate option. What I have is:

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Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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