[OS X TeX] path name

Friedrich Vosberg vatolin at mac.com
Fri Nov 18 16:23:59 CET 2005

Am 18.11.2005 um 15:42 schrieb Peter Dyballa:

> Am 18.11.2005 um 08:16 schrieb Friedrich Vosberg:
>> What can I do to get complete path names?
> Migrate to Mac OS X.

I do use Mac OS X 10.4.3.

> I can't imagine how you can get a colon (':') into the path name  
> otherwise ...

Ooops. I've meant a komma. But the problem was caused by the white  

> The problem is that you make awk only use the first 'word' -- and  
> words are usually separated by white space. You need to make awk  
> accept NEWLINE as 'Field Separator.' Try this:
> \immediate\write18{pwd |
> awk -F'\\n' '{print "\\newcommand{\\path}{" $1 "\\xspace}"}' >  
> tmpdatei.tex}

I found, that

     \immediate\write18{pwd |
     awk '{print "\\newcommand{\\path}{" $0 "\\xspace}"}' >  

works too.

>> And BTW umlauts are ignored too. What can I do to get right  
>> umlauts in \path
> No. There are no umlauts. You can put umlauts into your TeX files,  
> but Mac OS X returns decomposed UTF-8 characters. So an umlaut  
> usually is [aeiouyAEIOUY]¨.

Ahem ... in Terminal.app umlauts were transcripted to terms like


and in the pdf file pathname.tex for instance an double dotted o in  
the the path


looks like written as


It would be so great if I could get pathnames with directory names  
containing umlauts!

TIA and kind regards.


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