[OS X TeX] epstopdf

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Thu Jun 8 16:47:32 CEST 2006

Le 8 juin 06 à 16:05, Herbert Schulz a écrit :

> I'd just go into Terminal and find out:
> which epstopdf
> should return the full path of the epstopdf perl script if it  
> exists on your system. I believe it is installed as part of the  
> Ghostscript i-installer package (or maybe the TeX i-installer  
> package? I can't remember which!).

The second, I think:

- pstopdf, aka /usr/bin/pstopdf, is Apple's distiller, installed with  
Tiger (and maybe Panther, I'm not sure).

- ps2pdf, aka /usr/local/bin/ps2pdf, is GhostScript's distiller,  
installed through the GhostScript i-Package.

- epstopdf, aka /usr/local/teTeX/bin/powerpc-apple-darwin-current/ 
epstopdf or /usr/local/teTeX/bin/i386-apple-darwin-current/epstopdf,  
is teTeX's EPS-to-PDF distiller (hence applying only to single-page  
EPS files), installed by the TeX i-Package. Actually it works by  
calling ps2pdf.

BTW, thanks Herb for reminding about "which". I always forget about  
it. Trying it revealed that a DarwinPorts-installed ps2pdf (as a port  
dependancy, I think, probably for xpdf) was having precedence of my  

legimc11:~ brunovoisin$ which ps2pdf

because of carelessly ordered items in /etc/csh.login and /etc/ 
profile. Editing them in pico to make sure

export PATH=$PATH:/opt/local/bin

comes last in in /etc/profile, and similarly for /etc/csh.login,  
yields now

legimc11:~ brunovoisin$ echo $PATH
legimc11:~ brunovoisin$ which ps2pdf

so that epstopdf at least calls the version of ps2pdf is was designed  
to work with.


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