[OS X TeX] Re: [OS X TeX]
rloukano at stp.lingfil.uu.se
Tue Mar 27 09:21:55 CEST 2007
On Mon, 26 Mar 2007, Chetan Nayak wrote:
> Thanks. That fixed the problem.
> Obviously, I'm still living in the 20th (if not the 19th) century,
> but it's time for me to enter the modern world. MacTeX sounds like
> a good place to start. However, I'm still using TeXShop. Is there a
> front end with which I should replace this?
Yes. In brief (I'm rushing for my class), you have several options:
1. Download MacTeX-2007 package from:
You'll get texlive-07, texshop, etc. (everything that you may need) from
You will get also i-Installer from it.
2. In addition you can install the newest (of 21st century) gwTeX via
a) the i-Installer, or
b) following the link from the MacTeX distr to the page:
3. You can istall the front-ends, incl TeXShop, + gwTeX (without
TeXLive-07). gwTeX has an excellent selection of what you need to
have working TeX on a Mac.
A major difference between TeXLive-07 (for Mac) and gwTeX is that
TeXLive-07 comes with all styles etc. that are on ctan, and thus, has a
large, huge, size. Thus, your choice may depends on the memory that you
have on your machine.
I myself have both texlive-07 and gwTeX (and sometimes I'm simply
forgetting which one I am using :) You'll get also an additional program
for very easy switch, with a click of the mouse from the System
Preferences, between TeXLive-07 and gwTeX.
> On Mar 26, 2007, at 12:57 PM, Alan Munn wrote:
>> At 12:34 PM -0700 3/26/07, Chetan Nayak wrote:
>>> I have the following strange problem, but have not been able to find any
>>> causes/solutions on the web. I recently re-installed teTeX after my
>>> hard drive crashed and had to be replaced. Prior to this, I have been
>>> using these
>>> programs for almost 5 years with no problems. (Back when I first installed
>>> programs, the TeX engines were put in
>>> Now, Fink Commander put them in /sw/bin and /sw/share, but it's hard to
>>> see how
>>> this is the source of the problem once TeXShop knows where to find them.)
>> One word of warning. teTeX is no longer being supported, and Fink's teTeX
>> is pretty old. You might want to think about intalling the MacTeX TeX Live
>> distribution http://www.tug.org/mactex/
>>> Now, however, I have the following problem with altpdflatex: the top
>>> is too small (maybe even negative), so the text starts up at the top of
>>> the page,
>>> and the page numbers don't appear. The problem doesn't occur when I use
>>> only when I use altpdflatex, and it doesn't seem depend on which distiller
>>> I use -- the same problem occurs for both ghostscript and the built-in
>>> distiller in OS X.
>>> Any suggestions?
>> It sounds like the page size is set for A4 for dvips. Try the following:
>> sudo texconfig dvips paper letter
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