[OS X TeX] TeXShop and latex->dvips->...

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sat Dec 22 04:10:06 CET 2012

On Dec 21, 2012, at 6:29 PM, "M. Tamer Özsu" <ozsut at mac.com> wrote:

> I normally use pdflatex but I have one project that requires me to go the "old way": latex->dvips->ps2pdf. At the end of latex run I get a pop-up message that says "To open gs you need to install X11". The end of the log has the following:
> ### ps2pdf13 /tmp/altpdflatex.1159-1356135865/book-2.ps /tmp/altpdflatex.1159-1356135865/book-2.pdf
> ### Copying/moving pdf file /tmp/altpdflatex.1159-1356135865/book-2.pdf to book-2.pdf
> cp: /tmp/altpdflatex.1159-1356135865/book-2.pdf: No such file or directory
> ### FAILED to copy /tmp/altpdflatex.1159-1356135865/book-2.pdf ()
> mv: rename book-2.pdf.1159-1356135865 to book-2.pdf: No such file or directory
> ### FAILED to rename book-2.pdf.1159-1356135865 ()
> ### Succesfully generated book-2.dvi and book-2.pdf
> Although it says it successfully generated book-2.pdf that file is not in the same directory (as the earlier message says, it apparently gets generated in /tmp/altpdflatex... but cannot be copied to the document directory). What am I doing wrong?
> Thanks.
> ==Tamer


It sounds like you installed Mountain Lion after installing MacTeX on an earlier version of the OS. Mountain Lion removes X11 while gs is still ``pointing'' to a version that requires X11.

Please try to install FixMacTeX2012.pkg and see if that fixes things.

If that doesn't fix things try to install XQuartz which you can get at <http://xquartz.macosforge.org/landing/>. Open XQuartz and answer any questions in the affirmative and see if that fixes things.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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