[OS X TeX] X11

Aaron Jackson jackson at msrce.howard.edu
Fri May 27 23:17:01 CEST 2005

On May 27, 2005, at 4:57 PM, Gerben Wierda wrote:

> On 27 May 2005, at 17:39, Rodrigo Banuelos wrote:
>> I am sure the following problem has come up (and solved) before
>> but I have not been able to find it in the list. I installed Tex 
>> (using
>> Gerben Wierda's i-installer) on a new machine before installing 
>> Apple's
>> X11.  Now, when I type "latex", "tex" or xdvi on an X11 terminal I 
>> get back
>> "bash: latex: command not found," and the same for the others.  I 
>> know this
>> to do with bash vs tcsh but, what is the permanent solution?
> It does not have to do with bash vs tcsh. The problem is that xterm 
> does not create login shells, but subshells only and as a result parts 
> of the initialization (e.g. /etc/csh.login) are not read at all. Since 
> the TeX i-Package has modified the shell login scripts, you do not get 
> the right PATH.
> The solutions in the other replies (re-run TeX i-Package configure) 
> will not help.
> There is (or at least I do not know) no generic file I could patch for 
> X11 that would change this for *all* users. And the TeX install I 
> provide is multi-user.
> Maybe some X11 guru can finally tell me how to do this system-wide. 
> Maybe there is some personal .xinit file where you can change 
> environment settings. I do not use X11, so I do not have the 
> knowledge.

Not a real solution, but there is no reason to run a shell from within 
X11.  Xterm looks bad and anything you need to do within X can be done 
from an Apple terminal window as long as the DISPLAY environmental 
variable is set properly.  IMO, time would be better served modifying 
startx to *not* automatically start xterm in the first place, that way 
there is no temptation to use it.


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