[OS X TeX] Biber

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Tue Oct 20 20:56:19 CEST 2020

> On Oct 20, 2020, at 1:22 PM, Joseph Wright <joseph.wright at morningstar2.co.uk> wrote:
> On 20/10/2020 19:13, koch at math.uoregon.edu wrote:
>> Folks,
>> I looked briefly at the TeXShop code. TeXShop calls TeX using the NSTask class in Cocoa. Various items can be set before calling a task, and one is a dictionary called the "environment". This is setup by TeXShop by first calling
>> 	 [[NSProessInfo processInfo] environment]
>> This call gets the environment of the currently running task, and therefore the environment for TeXShop itself. One of the items in this environment dictionary is  ``PATH''. TeXShop modifies this environment for the task it is about to call by appending two items to the path:
>> 	1) the path for TeX Live
>> 	2) the path for ghostscript
>> Both of these paths can be set in TeXShop Preferences, and by default they are
>> 	1) /Library/TeX/texbin
>> 	2) /usr/local/bin
>> So tasks know about /Library/TeX/texbin, but NOT because shells know this value, and not because /etc/paths.d knows it, but instead because TeXShop set it directly.
>> Dick Koch
> Hello Dick,
> Thanks for that: I did wonder if it was something done manually. Makes complete sense (the TextMate approach does seem very clever but as I'm not a 'proper' developer I've no real idea how it works!).
> I guess I should lobby for 'manual path additions' for TeXworks - would be doable cross-platform and would likely work :)
> Joseph


Again, how are you running biber? If it's a tool then you could create a wrapper that exports the correct path and then calls biber.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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