[OS X TeX] Tex preference

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sun Oct 11 04:26:03 CEST 2009

On Oct 10, 2009, at 5:07 PM, David Arnold wrote:

> All,
> I have a student who had GWTeX installed and then installed MacTeX.   
> In System Preferences, the TeX Distribution is set to Texlive 2008  
> (he even unchecked it and rechecked it), but his sytsem is still  
> calling the files in GWTex.
> Anyone see this before? Workaround?
> David
> ----------- Please Consult the Following Before Posting -----------


I assume he's using TeXShop as a front end. Most likely the TeXShop- 
 >Preferences->Engine->Path setting->(pdf)TeX setting has to be set  
to /usr/texbin which will then follow whatever is displayed as the  
active distribution in the System Preferences->TeX Distribution  
Preference Pane.

If the student is also using an updated TeXShop from what being used  
before it may actually be wise to simply remove ~/Library/Preferences/ 
TeXShop.plist (where ~ is the HOME directory) which is TeXShop's  
preference file. When TeXShop is restarted a fresh preference file  
will be created with all the default settings which can then be  
customized to taste.

If the student is using another front end the settings for the path to  
the TeX binaries should be set to /usr/texbin. Finally, if the  
Terminal is being used to run TeX programs they should just work out  
of the box.

Oh... one more thing... MacTeX-2009 will be released shortly so ...

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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