[OS X TeX] small trick on the command line

Axel E.Retif axretif at igo.com.mx
Tue Feb 8 21:16:59 CET 2005

On Feb 8, 2005, at 8:04 AM, Thomas A.Schmitz wrote:

> This is just a very small trick I wanted to share: I have been mucking 
> with lots of encodings and font descriptions lately, and I constantly 
> needed to find and open files in the different texmf.something trees. 
> Typing those long paths in the Terminal or navigating to these files 
> in the Finder proved pretty irritating after a while. So I began to 
> type
> open -a emacs `kpsewhich texnansi.enc`
> Which means: let kpsewhich look for the file in question; it will spit 
> out the complete path, then the "open -a emacs" command will take this 
> path as an argument (the two ` around the kpsewhich are "backticks," 
> that's important). Of course, replace "emacs" with another application 
> of your choice, or use "edit" to open the file in Textwrangler etc. If 
> you want to speed up things, you could define an alias (if you're 
> using tcsh) or function (bash or zsh) like so:
> texopen () { open -a emacs `kpsewhich $@`; }
> If you put this line into your .bashrc or .zshrc (and run "source 
> .bashrc"), you'll have a command "texopen" that will take one or more 
> filenames as an argument, locate them with kpsewhich and open them in 
> emacs.
> Best
> Thomas

Thank you! As you say, to open in TextWrangler (2.0) is as easy as

edit `kpsewhich txfonts.sty`

(bbedit `kpsewhich txfonts.sty` for BBEdit)

Thank you again


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