[OS X TeX] executing gs after installing Mavericks

Richard Koch koch at math.uoregon.edu
Wed Oct 23 18:06:07 CEST 2013


I haven’t read the rest of my email yet today, so I don’t know if this question
has been answered.

We provide TWO versions of gs in /usr/local/bin, one compiled with X11 support
and one without. These binaries are called


When MacTeX is installed, we see if X11 is installed, and then appropriately
set the symbolic link gs to point to the appropriate binary.

What was unanticipated was that Apple might REMOVE X11, but they did
(for a good reason; the third party folks keep it up to date and don’t have
to wait until rare OS X updates).

There are two possible solutions to your problem:

a) Install X11


b) Go to /usr/local/bin and set the gs link to point to gs-noX11.

Dick Koch

On Oct 22, 2013, at 8:25 PM, Gary L. Gray <gray at psu.edu> wrote:

> I am trying to execute a gs command in the Terminal after installing Mavericks and when I do, I keep getting:
> <Screen Shot 2013-10-22 at 11.18.12 PM.png>
> I thought that running FixMacTeX2013.pkg might fix it, but it didn’t. I don’t see why I should have to install X11 to run a binary from the Terminal? Is this behavior to be expected? 
> Gary
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