[OS X TeX] TeXShop and Cloud Computing

"M. Tamer Özsu" ozsut at mac.com
Sat Oct 1 19:14:03 CEST 2011

On 2011-10-01, at 6:29 PM, Nitecki, Zbigniew H. wrote:

> I use Texshop on two different computers---a home laptop (MacBook Pro) and an office iMac, and have had some problems trying to use Folders Synchronizer to avoid carrying my laptop when I walk to my office.  The recent purchase of an iPad 2 prompted me to investigate using Tex Touch and Tex Timer to be able to work on tex files from the iPad while traveling, and in particular I have started using DropBox instead of synchronization to have access from different computers to a single set of files.  This seems to work a lot better than synchronizing.
> Which brings me to my questions.
> 1.I have several .sty files with a mass of custom macros that I use in all of my work.  On my laptop and on my iMac, these reside in my user ->Library->texmf->tex (or bibtex)->latex  folder.  I understand that these are now hidden in Lion;  if I use the search function (the magnifying glass on my tool bar) I can find about 15 different files with the correct name, but can't find the pathname to any of them.  Obviously there is only one I want to use, and that is the one which TeXShop calls up.  How do I find it?

The files are stored in their usual place where you put them: ~/Library->texmf->...

If you want to have your Library folder back, simply open the terminal and run

chflags nohidden ~/Library/

and you will have your ~/Library folder back. 

> 2. Even more to the point, I want to put these files in DropBox so that again I have only one copy to modify when I need to.  Where do I put them in Drop Box so that TeXShop will find them when I \usepackage them?  (of course, TeXShop resides in two copies, one on my laptop and one on my iMac).
> And can that be designed so that these files get used when I am using TeXShop on a file that didn't come from Drop Box as well?

Leave them where they are in your texmf folder and put a symbolic link to it inside the Dropbox folder. To avoid having to worry about each file, I simply put a symbolic link to the entire texmf folder in my Dropbox folder.

M. Tamer Özsu
University of Waterloo

(Currently on sabbatical leave at ETH Zürich)

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