[OS X TeX] .OSX/environment.plist was the culprit - but why?

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Tue Jun 29 12:40:55 CEST 2004

Le 29 juin 04, à 12:27, Will Tuladhar-Douglas a écrit :

> Okay. I am suitably humbled: it was the environment.plist file. Now,  
> would someone please tell me *why* it causes troubles? I originally  
> set it up in order to pass some non-standard BIBINPUTS paths along,  
> but it never seemed to be read; on the other hand, now I find that  
> this was the source of my woes. "Answers, Jim, I need *answers*!"

There have been some threads on this topic on this list. If you're not  
scared by some heated discussion, you can have a look at the thread  
"Please no: [OS X TeX] set environment variables for applications"  
starting at  

In short, the problem is that settings set in this file affect all GUI  
apps on your Mac, potentially creating conflicts and misbehaviours. In  
particular, in your case it's likely that some TeX-related paths set in  
the ~/.MacOSX/environment.plist file for one application has taken over  
the paths expected by i-Installer, causing it to fail.

Bruno Voisin

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