[OS X TeX] Newbie questions:

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Thu Jun 8 11:59:16 CEST 2006

Le 8 juin 06 à 08:50, Robert Bruner a écrit :

> Ah, this is much better now.  Thanks Bruno and Peter for pointing out
> that X11User was waiting for me in optional installs, whereas I was
> looking at the XCode stuff.  That fixed the dependency which prevented
> the Xaw3d i-Package from installing, and now xdvi (sort of) works.
> I say 'sort of' because
> 1) xterm fails to pick up the path from /etc/csh.login which i- 
> Installer
> added, so invoking xdvi from xterm is more work than it should be.   
> I can
> fix this in ~/.tcshrc, but that feels awfully crude.  Perhaps I  
> need more
> tuning of X11. I am reading the Apple Mac OS X X11 pages now.

This is normal. xterm is not a login shell, which means it doesn't  
use the path settings, defined in /etc/csh.login and /etc/profile,  
that Terminal is using.

You have two "mainstream" solutions:

- Open the X11 applications from within Terminal, using open-x11, as  
in "open-x11 xdvi".

- Copy the default Apple X11 initialization file /etc/X1/xinit/ 
xinitrc to your home directory as ~/.xinitrc and customize it to suit  
your needs.

There does not seem to be, as for Terminal, a system-wide solution;  
it seems the use of user-specific config files is required instead.

Peter Dyballa has, I think, an alternative solution allowing a  
complete X11-based TeX setup to work on OS X, though I must admit I  
didn't go through the details. It involves, I think, the use of  
~/.MacOSX/environment.plist, and I'd rather stay away from that.

I tried to look at the X11 Help on my setup from the X11 application  
but it doesn't seem to work. The documentation at Apple's site seems  
to live at <http://developer.apple.com/opensource/tools/X11.html> and  
all the pages referenced therein. See in particular the FAQ at  

That said, for some reason on my setup when telling "open-x11 xdvi"  
in Terminal I get nothing, and when telling " /usr/local/teTeX/bin/ 
powerpc-apple-darwin-current/xdvi" in X11 I get:

/usr/local/teTeX/bin/powerpc-apple-darwin-current/xdvi: line 1:  
kpsewhich: command not found
/usr/local/teTeX/bin/powerpc-apple-darwin-current/xdvi: line 46:  
exec: xdvi-xaw.bin: not found

which probably simply reflects the absence of proper path settings.

Bruno Voisin

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