[texworks] Project Management type stuff

Paul A Norman paul.a.norman at gmail.com
Fri Oct 15 03:46:48 CEST 2010

Dear Alain,

Thanks for pointing out that it works on Mac as described - that helps.


On 15 October 2010 09:38, Alain Schremmer <schremmer.alain at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Oct 14, 2010, at 9:51 AM, Bruno Voisin wrote:
>> Le 14 oct. 2010 à 13:58, Paul A Norman a écrit :
>>> Have you a reference for that please, I want to check if there are any
>>> issues on how the path is named whether its OS dependant or what ever,
>>> does Windows require {{}} type stuff or simillar.
>>> On 15 October 2010 00:31, Alain Schremmer <schremmer.alain at gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>> \documentclass[11pt]{book}
>>>>       \usepackage{../StyleSheets/Preamble}
>>>>       \usepackage{../StyleSheets/AssessmentDocumentConstruction}
>>>>       \usepackage{../StyleSheets/QuizConstructionParameters}
>>>>       \usepackage{../StyleSheets/GraphicsPaths}
>>>> \begin{document}
>> That's likely distribution-specific and also platform-specific.
>> Namely, the definition of \usepackage (in latex.ltx) is highly convoluted,
>> it goes through a sequence of cascading definitions involving
>> \RequirePackage and \InputIfFileExists, and in between more obscure stuff
>> like \@onefilewithoptions, \@@input and the like.
>> But it all seems in the end to go down to the \input TeX primitive, which
>> is implemented at the time TeX is built.
>> Let me be more specific: in TeX Live, file searching involves kpathsea,
>> which is a C file searching library. So what TeX accepts in TeX Live comes
>> down to what kpathsea accepts. MikTeX must similarly involve its own file
>> searching library, which may place different restrictions on file names and
>> a different syntax for path specification.
>> Over the years I've seen all sorts of situations on different platforms
>> (Mac and Linux) and different TeX distributions (Textures, OzTeX, DirectTeX,
>> CMacTeX, teTeX, gwTeX, TeX Live). Some accepted file names with spaces
>> directly as \input{file name}, others required quotes \input{"file name"},
>> others bluntly rejected spaces. Same with 8-bit characters in file names
>> (Textures accepted it, OzTeX rejected it). Textures accepted to typeset in
>> plain TeX a file with spaces in its name, but OzTeX didn't; both refused to
>> typeset in LaTeX a file with a space in its name, owing to the creation and
>> reading of ancillary files (.aux, etc.).
>> Also in the same distro different TeX programs may see things differently.
>> This may have changed, but originally XeTeX, owing to its Mac roots, was
>> less strict on the use of spaces in file names than pdfTeX.
>> Similarly the path specification varies from platform to platform. On Mac
>> OS Classic a subfolder Figures in the current directory was specified (in
>> \graphicspath) as :Figures: and a subsubfolder as :Figures:Part1:, but on
>> Mac OS X it's Figures/ and Figures/Part1/, respectively.
>> So I don't think there is any norm on this, and I'm not even sure where to
>> look for information. I looked briefly at the documentation of kpathsea for
>> TeX Live, and I couldn't find any info.
> OK, I take it all back except my very first few words: "I don't know. This
> was a suggestion of Michael Sharpe on the TeX on Mac OS X mailing list. All
> I know is that it works."
> Thanks for straightening me out.
> Grateful regards
> --schremmer

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