[OS X TeX] Simple(?) MacTeX question
Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Mon Sep 11 15:53:52 CEST 2006
On Sep 11, 2006, at 12:27, Victor Ivrii wrote:
>> Also: I don't seem able to get TeXShop 2.09d to print a dvi file.
>> Double-clicking (for example) tb1401.dvi (part of the Babel
>> documentation) gives me a pdf version of the dvi file, but the `Print'
>> command doesn't do a thing when I try it. MacOS X 10.4.7, quad G5.
>> (printing does generally work on that Mac in question).
>> Does anyone have any ideas what I might try?
> Copy dvi files to some directory you can write [without using
> administrative power] and then open via TeXShop. You will be able to
> see other differences too: like saving will be enabled. I *cannot*
> explain why TeXShop behaves differently opening .dvi files located in
> the directories where one cannot write but this is a fact.
TeXShop calls simpdftex in the background afaik. simpdftex is a script
that runs tex+dvips+distiller (e.g. pstopdf from ghostscript) on a .tex
file (mimicking pdftex) or dvips+distiller on a .dvi file. The
resulting .pdf is normally written in the same directory as the .dvi or
.tex and if that directory is not writable I think it would be user
friendly is TeXShop were to present an open directory panel to select a
directory to write the output in and use --outdir from simpdftex. Or
TeXShop could simply detect that the dir is unwritable and take some
default location (/tmp or ~/Desktop) to write instead and open the
From simpdftex --help:
Write files here *if* our current directory is
mimicks the TEXMFOUTPUT environment variable of TeX, but
differently. The current dir becomes the value of
the directory where the old current dir is added to
This is more robust for reading and locating files.
You can also set TEXMFOUTPUT instead, but with a
you will be running TeXin the current dir. And you will
able to read files in the outdir unless you also adapt
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