[OS X TeX] wp2latex on os x

Jan Anderssen jan at linguist.umass.edu
Fri Feb 25 19:07:27 CET 2005

On Feb 25, 2005, at 10:54 AM, Noah Diewald wrote:

> Has anyone had any luck compiling wp2latex on OS X?  I saw a
> discussion of failures at one point but never any reports of success.

thanks to the help of jara fojitik, the author of wp2latex, it compiles 
quite easily on os x now.

there are some questions re: further improvements at the end of the 
email - maybe somebody knows an answer.

ok, here's the mini install how-to:

download wp2latex at 
http://www.penguin.cz/~fojtik/wp2latex/wp2latex.htm (i used version 
3.18 linked from that page)

unzip the file and cd to the folder

run configure

 > ./configure

fix the file sources.cc/atoms/include/common.h according to faq #6 (in 
the file wp2latex.faq):

The easiest way for you is to edit file: 
and add following line into the file:
     #define __Ellipsis_Expand_Short
and recompile your project.

< #define __Ellipsis_Expand_Short

add || defined(__APPLE__) in line 7 of the file 

< #if defined(_MSC_VER) || defined(__CYGWIN32__)
 > #if defined(_MSC_VER) || defined(__CYGWIN32__) || defined(__APPLE__)

compile the sources

 > make

edit the install path for your latex files in sources.cc/makefile line 
235 ff.
on my computer (standard gwtex :)) that amounts to changing the 
following, but paths might be different for you:

<       @echo "Attempting to install wp2latex styles into 
<       mkdir -p /usr/share/texmf/tex/latex/wp2latex
<       cp ../styles.tex/*.* /usr/share/texmf/tex/latex/wp2latex/
 >       @echo "Attempting to install wp2latex styles into 
 >       mkdir -p /usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf.local/tex/latex/wp2latex
 >       cp ../styles.tex/*.* 

install things

 > sudo make install

see whether it works

 > rehash
 > cd test
 > wp2latex equation.wp
 > latex equation.tex
 > dvipdf equation.dvi
 > open equation.pdf

hopefully everything worked. nice, doesn't it?

good luck!

if you want to help out, i'll attach part of the message i got from the 
author below.


>> make install works except for the tex path, which was to be expected
>> since my tex files are in a non-standard place
>> (/usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf.local/tex/latex/wp2latex/).
> There might be a small bash script that detects latex location. I 
> don't know how to create such a script.
>> what you say about the install script makes sense. i'm not much of a
>> programmer myself, and i have no c++ experience, so i'm afraid i can't
>> help with any code checking, but i'd be happy to test installation
>> scripts etc. whenever it is helpful.
> You could try to type:
> wp2latex -use-all chars6.wp chars6.tex
> 	and try to find correspondences to missing characters. May be that 
> you know some additional LaTeX styles with some kind of 'stars' and so 
> on. Also Hebrew charset is not converted yet.
> I would like also to know how to express some characters in postscript
> like \'a. May be that psfrag.sty could be used instead. Do you know 
> about some easy PS manual?

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