[OS X TeX] Re: [texhax] Wrong latex getting used.

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Tue Mar 3 14:53:25 CET 2009

On Mar 2, 2009, at 9:30 PM, Rolf Turner wrote:

> Thanks very much for your message.  I think you've solved my problem,
> at least at the initial level.  See below.
> On 3/03/2009, at 3:25 PM, Axel E. Retif wrote:
>> Rolf,
>> I'm ccing your message below to Richard Koch, MacTeX maintainer.
>> (By the way, I would advise you to subscribe to the Mac OS X TeX
>> mailing list:
>> http://email.esm.psu.edu/mailman/listinfo/macosx-tex )
> 	Someone else already tendered the same advice, and I
> 	have subscribed.
>> MacTeX installs a control panel in System Preferences, called TeX
>> distribution, that lets you shift from one TeX distribution to  
>> another
>> with just a mouse click; for example, you can have TeXLive-2007,
>> TeXLive-2008, gwTeX, Fink's teTeX and MacPorts TeX, and choose which
>> one you want to use at any time.
>> So check the control panel, and see which distribution is selected in
>> it.
> I checked the control panel; there were three choices: Fink-teTeX,  
> TeXLive-2007,
> and TeXLive-2008.  The TexLive-2008 seemed to be the active one,  
> i.e. its
> button was ``high-lighted'' (had a black do in it).
>> If that doesn't work. You can do three things: 1) reinstall MacTeX so
>> it again takes control of your distributions; 2) tell Fink to
>> uninstall teTeX (but that would be a problem if you have Fink's
>> packages that depend on it); or 3) comment out momentarily the Fink
>> line ( . /sw/bin/init.sh in .bashrc, and something similar  
>> in .cshrc),
> Nya-ha!  That's where the refusal to set my path to what I want is
> coming from.  I should've noticed that; it was right before my eyes.
> Bit of a ``duhhhh'' on my part.
>> logout ---or restart your computer--- and see if your system now
>> recognizes TeXLive as your valid distribution.
> I commented out the ``source /sw/bin/init.sh" line in my .cshrc file
> sourced .cshrc, and then did  ``latex junk''.  Bingo!  It ran; no
> error thrown.  (And of course my path was as I had specified it.)
> So I've got a workaround at least.  Seems a wee bit jerry-built to
> jigger around with the path like that, but.  Am I running into any
> dangers that way?
> Thanks for your help.
> 	cheers,
> 		Rolf Turner


Of course that means that you won't be able to execute anything else  
you have installed by fink. You can also prepend /usr/texbin to your  
path AFTER the sourcing of /sw/bin/init.sh in your .cshrc and you'll  
have both setting working.

But I'm just a dumb guy.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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