[OS X TeX] tex files and mdimport

Gary L. Gray gray at engr.psu.edu
Mon Nov 14 22:21:20 CET 2005

On Nov 14, 2005, at 3:53 PM, Adam Maxwell wrote:

> On Monday, November 14, 2005, at 12:03PM, Richard Koch  
> <koch at math.uoregon.edu> wrote:
>> Folks,
>> Adam Maxwell wrote
>>>> I don't think they should have been searched in the first place,
>>>> so Spotlight is probably working (more) correctly now.  I wrote up
>>>> a trivial importer that indexes .tex files by file content,
>>>> \author, and \title.  Any other LaTeX commands that would be worth
>>>> trying to parse for metadata?  If this would be useful, I'll
>>>> release it under a BSD license as part of the mactextoolbox (if
>>>> Maarten is agreeable).
>> and Gary Gray wrote
>>> Maybe I am crazy (actually, I know I am, but that is for another
>>> topic), but I would like to see it index everything in the .tex
>>> file. Is there a reason this shouldn't be done?
>> I believe Adam intended to do that; he'll pull out the content, but
>> he'll separately pull out "author" and "title"
>> information.
> Exactly.
>> My only fear is that there will end up being several tex indexers;
>> let's try to avoid that by adopting one, say
>> Adams. I'd like to distribute it with TeXShop, so I hope your license
>> scheme permits that and permits similar
>> distribution by other front ends, etc.
> Right, I'd really like to avoid that as well.  I've defined a bogus  
> UTI for my experiment, but you'd probably want to define a UTI in  
> TeXShop, then create a new MDImporter in Xcode for that UTI.  I'll  
> provide the GetMetadataForFile.m implementation, and it can be  
> dropped into a new importer project (each one has a unique ID,  
> generated when you create the project).  If anyone else wants to  
> use it, they follow the same procedure (set up UTI in Info.plist,  
> create importer with unique ID).
> Feel free to contact me off-list; I've done this a couple of  
> times.  You can redistribute BSD with GPL software AFAIK, so that  
> should be no problem.

Excellent! Sorry I missed the bit about pulling out the author and  
title separately.

As for getting this working, your instructions are beyond my meager  
understanding -- when can we look for this to be included with TeXShop?

-- Gary
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