[Mac OS X TeX] TeXShop and tex/gs (again)

Arun Mangalam arun_mangalam at mac.com
Sat Sep 29 18:56:37 CEST 2001

<x-flowed>Hello Gerben,

The problem is exhibited whether you use Fink or the TeXInstaller with 
TeXShop [or any MacOSX application that uses shell scripts]. What 
happens is that variables are not expanded or mangled up when scripts 
try to run. There are two solutions to this:

1. Let the User read Apple's new documentation on Environment Variables 
to set paths and environmental vars as one would with .[t]cshrc files.
2. Have the application be aware of the paths directly (either by static 
or dynamic code).

This is at least what I have observed.

The following is an e-mail from Richard Koch giving specific 
instructions to set paths:

> Following your advice, I managed to get environmental variables 
> recognized
> in TeXShop. Here's what I did.
> a) I created a hidden directory in my home directory named
> 	.OpenStep
> b) I placed the file included below, environment, in this directory. 
> This file sets the
> variable TEXINPUTS to
> 	:.:~/TeX
> (The leading ":" is very important; without it tetex cannot
> find system files. You will want to edit "environment" to change ~/TeX 
> to
> what you want.)
> c) I logged out and back in. This step is necessary whenever the 
> "environment" file
> is changed.
> After that, TeXShop could find include files in ~/TeX.
> According to the developer note, the hidden directory is .OpenStep in
> 10.0.4, but will be .MacOSX in 10.1.

I haven't yet tried it out, but I will really soon when I finish with my 
research. :)

- Arun

On Saturday, September 29, 2001, at 06:05  AM, Gerben Wierda wrote:
> Question: do people who have installed TeX from the TeXSGInstaller 
> (from the TeXShop page or from frp.nluug.nl) experience this problem? I 
> suspect not.
> The answer to this question is a) that this is nota  bug in TeXShop and 
> b) that it has to do with paths. The TeXGSInstaller adds binary and 
> manpath settings to the tcsh global initialization. Since this is the 
> login shell for users (unless they have changed this to something like 
> bash, but in that case they should know that they have to move settings 
> over as well), the correct paths are available for all applications, 
> cli or gui.
> I think something like this might happen if you use fink to install TeX 
> (since it has some specific ideas about paths and such).
> Gerben

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