[OS X TeX] Setting up PDFtricks on MacOS10.4

Gerben Wierda Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Tue Nov 29 00:10:32 CET 2005

On 29 Nov 2005, at 00:02, Herbert Schulz wrote:

> On Nov 28, 2005, at 4:49 PM, Christopher Allen wrote:
>> I'll preface this with: It's Alive!!! Thank you, Herb!!!
>> ...
> Howdy,
> I'm glad you're up and running now.
>> ...
>> Here's an added oddity. With the new i-Installer, when I got that  
>> 2.27.0 message and moved on, it didn't give me all the options  
>> after choosing Install & Configure. So I've gone back and am  
>> reinstalling teTeX again using the same new i-Installer. This time  
>> it gave me all the TL2005, etc. options that it didn't give me the  
>> previous time. I honestly have no clue why this would be. I really  
>> wish I'd taken screenshots through this whole process. Something  
>> clearly very odd has been occurring. It's not like I've been hand- 
>> defining paths or anything like that that ought to get me in  
>> trouble with a mistake. I've just been clicking on the i-Installer  
>> buttons to have i-Installer handle everything for me.  
>> Unfortunately, without the screenshots, I won't be able to go back  
>> and identify things well for those who write the programs.
>> ...
> When you first open the package it shows you what you've already  
> got. To update that information you should always go to the Pkg  
> Properties tab and click on Update Self from Remote. That will  
> download the latest package information and display it.

Resetting the i-Package to its default properties (not the app but  
the package) may help. There are situations possible where saved  
settings for packages (e.g. what parts you want to install) mess  
around with your installation. So, if you installed gwTeX parts in  
the past this is saved. Later, when you choose expert install, you  
will get your previous choice presented to you.

But as id's change and the program evolves, combinations which do not  
work properly have been spotted. E.g. an older version of the program  
with a newer version of the package and some setting from the past.

Resetting your package to default properties is always a good thing  
to try. After all, if pdftricks.sty is not there, i-Installer must  
not have installed the gwTeX extensions. And the scenario above is a  
possible way this could happen.


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