[OS X TeX] hidden files

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Mon Jan 14 16:35:48 CET 2013

On Jan 14, 2013, at 9:26 AM, "Leslie Morland (MTH)" <L.Morland at uea.ac.uk> wrote:

> Sorry, did not note earlier advice about hidden files, and after a hard disk replacement on my iMac, and only a partial
> recovery from back-up disk, I have found that extra sty, bst, and cls files I added to "texmf" are missing or misplaced.
> Find does not recognise any standards (e.g.: article.sty), and my terminal explorations have found nothing. I need to know how to see them, and add my extras again, and understand where I can put these and bib file folders to always be seen by TexShop. That is, where is texmf?
> Leslie (l.morland at uea.ac.uk)


What version of the OS are you using? If you are using Lion or Mountain Lion the Library folder in your HOME folder (known as ~/Library) is hidden by default. To open it hold down the Option key while you click on the Go Menu in Finder and the Library item will show.

If you installed MacTeX the main TeX distribution (TeX Live 2012 presently) is located at /usr/local/texlive/2012 and /usr is hidden in the Finder. But I don't know why (pdf)latex is not finding article.cls. What does

kpsewhich article.cls

executed in Terminal return? It should return


if all is well.

Can you supply us with a minimal but compilable .tex file that shows the problem along with the .log file it produces on your system?

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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