[OS X TeX] Puzzled by epstopdf

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Tue Aug 29 18:00:00 CEST 2006

On Aug 29, 2006, at 10:38 AM, André Bellaïche wrote:

> Many thanks to Pete and Herb.
> This opens new questions :
> -- What is the default ? With or without --shell-escape ?


I have been using TeXShop long enough that I can't remember if I  
changed that or it was default behavior. The easiest way to tell is  
to temporarily remove ~/Library/Preferences/TeXShop.plist and re- 
start TeXShop; that should give you the defaults. When you are done  
just replace the newly created file with the original.

> -- When a user changes Texshop preferences, are the preferences  
> changed for that user only, or for everybody ? (I could look by  
> myself, but the answer may be of use to some people.)

Each user has their own preferences.

> -- How did you come to know the meaning of "\write18", and that for  
> Texshop it corresponds to "--shell-escape" ? By knowing well the  
> TeX Book and Unix ? By other means ? I cannot get used to the idea  
> that typing in TeX is like doing mathematics: you need to learn  
> advanced calculus, higher algebra, topology, projective geometry  
> and analytical functions only to understand the meaning of a  
> correct statement about points of algebraic curves which be valid  
> for every point (singular points as well).
> André Bellaïche

Way too many years of playing with TeX and lots of time, many years  
ago, when I was quite a bit younger, of reading the ``Bible'' of all  
things low level in TeX, DK's TeXbook. Oh... how much I've forgotten...

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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