[OS X TeX] Error: I can't write on file '(name)'

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Thu Mar 22 17:52:45 CET 2007

Am 22.03.2007 um 17:20 schrieb Alain Schremmer:

> (2) So, I reverted to subethaedit and tried a modified Voisin 8:52  
> AM. I typed in the terminal
>    sudo subethaedit /usr/local/gwtex/2007/texmf/web2c/texmf.cnf
> here is the terminal response:
>    sudo: subethaedit /usr/local/gwtex/2007/texmf/web2c/texmf.cnf :
>    command not found

Sudo does not work well with application bundles. You could try

	open -a SubEthaEdit <a file name>

You *have to* to be careful about lower and upper case letters.

For some applications I've found that it works to launch them as

	/Applications/<Application Name.app>/Contents/MacOS/<Application Name>

and with Carbon Emacs or Emacs.app it even works to run them with  
"elevated privileges" by using

	sudo /Applications/Emacs.app/Contents/MacOS/Emacs

> Terminal indeed. :-)

No, basic logic.

> (3) As I was going to post this, Schulz's came in. (thanks) so I  
> installed the Command Line Tool and SubEthaEdit' acknowledged. But  
> I am still getting command not found.


	rehash ; which see

in Terminal.

> (4) As per Dyballa's terminal-free approach, I opened texmf.cnf  
> with SubEthaEdit.
> However, there is no openout, openin, etc in texmf.cnf

In gwTeX you have two texmf.cnf files: /usr/local/gwTeX/texmf.cnf  
and /usr/local/gwTeX/texmf/web2c/texmf.cnf (I had a shell alias for  
them ...). I am certain that the latter contains openin and openout  

> (5) I thought that, since texmf.cnf is dated May 22, 2005, I would  
> uninstall everything and then re-install but I could not find how  
> to ask i-installer to uninstall anything. I suppose I should know  
> what package I want to uninstall but I don't. Can I just trash  
> everything after  the symbolic link?

Yes. That's what i-Installer usually does, too (except for the local  

> I hate to be such a nuisance but I am now completely at sea.

Will you also write your memoirs and have some chapters about your  
quarrels with TeX on the Mac and how the UNIX tortured you?



UNIX is user friendly, it's just picky about who its friends are.

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