[OS X TeX] documentclass undefined

Aaron Jackson jackson at msrce.howard.edu
Fri Aug 26 22:32:38 CEST 2005

On Aug 26, 2005, at 4:07 PM, Chris Goedde wrote:

> On Aug 26, 2005, at 3:01 PM, Aaron Jackson wrote:
>>> Is there a way to get latex to always do the -progname=latex or 
>>> should
>>> I just write a short shell script?
>> You shouldn't have to do anything special to do this.  When you type 
>> latex, pdfetex notices that it was evoked as "latex" and acts 
>> accordingly.  However depending on the shell you use, you can set an 
>> alias for latex to pdfetex -progname=latex
> So maybe his problem doesn't have anything to do with his tex 
> installation. Maybe something is messing with the shell to prevent 
> pdfetex from doing this. What I would suggest is creating a brand new 
> user, and trying to run tex as that user, using the vanilla defaults 
> for everything.

If you have the c compiler installed on your system you could try to 
compile and run the following:

#include <stdio.h>

main(int argc, char **argv) {
     int i;

     printf("number of arguements %d\n", argc);
     for (i = 0; i < argc; i++)
         printf("arg %d value %s\n", i, argv[i]);

Save it as argtest.c and compile it via

gcc -g -o argtest argtest.c

then run it as

./argtest ...

This will just echo the command line back to you.  If something is 
getting messed up via the shell this *might* show it.


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