[OS X TeX] Man and info pages in gwTeX

Bernhard Barkow bb at creativeeyes.at
Sun May 8 18:58:30 CEST 2005

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On 8. Mai 2005, at 17:55, Adam R. Maxwell wrote:
>>>> Are there specific reasons why info and man pages are not added  
>>>> to the corresponding default paths, in the same way as for the  
>>>> bin executables, when the TeX and GS i-Packages are installed?  
>>>> Is this security-connected?
>>> ISTR that you are no longer supposed to set MANPATH directly, as  
>>> the system handles this for you by searching next to bin  
>>> directories (e.g. if your PATH has /usr/local/bin, it will  
>>> search /usr/local/man automatically).  See the manual pages for  
>>> manpath or man(1).  I find that even though the manpath command  
>>> reports /usr/local/teTeX/man as part of the search path, I don't  
>>> get any teTeX man pages unless I add /usr/local/teTeX/bin to  
>>> PATH.  Is this a Tiger-only problem?
>> Hi,
>> that's no solution for you, but just FYI: my path contains only / 
>> usr/local/teTeX, not /usr/local/teTeX/bin, manpath also reports / 
>> usr/local/teTeX/man - but man finds the correct man page files.
> My path (before I added /usr/local/teTeX/bin) contains /usr/local/ 
> teTeX/bin/powerpc-apple-darwin-current, which might mess up the  
> manpath?  I'm not sure what heuristic it uses to search alongside  
> bin directories.


I don't know either how the path is searched, but that's how my $PATH  
% echo $PATH

As far as I remember, I had to include /usr/local/teTeX manually -  
but now that I think about it, the reason seems obvious: if you only  
in your path, the system probably searches
or something similar, since
is actually not included in
/usr/local/teTeX/bin/powerpc-apple-darwin-current .
If I get it right, adding /usr/local/teTeX should make /usr/local/ 
teTeX/bin/powerpc-apple-darwin-current redundant.
Conclusion: should /usr/local/teTeX be added to $PATH by i-Installer  
instead of (or in addition to) /usr/local/teTeX/bin/powerpc-apple- 
darwin-current ?

What I notice apart from that is that in my case /usr/local/bin is  
included twice, I assume that since Tiger it is included by the  
system, but some other installer adds it to csh.login again.

>> Stupid question: are your man pages in the correct loacation  
>> (e.g., /usr/local/teTeX/man/man1/latex.1)?
> Yes, and since I added /usr/local/teTeX/bin I can read them as well.

Just one of these "make sure the power-cord is plugged in"-Q&As :-)

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