[OS X TeX] \jobname works in 2013 but not in 2020

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Wed Sep 23 01:50:33 CEST 2020

> On Sep 22, 2020, at 4:34 PM, Alain Schremmer <schremmer.alain at freemathtexts.org> wrote:
> — I did not even attempt the reconfiguration of openout_any because I remember doing something like that once upon a time (2013?) and it sure isn’t a pleasant memory. So, could someone hold my hand?


Let me know if this isn't enough information.

Create a file named texmf.cnf that contains a blank line, then a line that says

openany_out = a

and finally two blank lines. Those blank lines are a bit of overkill but makes sure things will be read correctly. I attach such a file.

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Place the texmf.cnf file on your Desktop.

Open the Terminal application and run the command

cd /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local

which takes you to the base of the tree we need (copy/paste if you're worried about mistyping). Then run the command

ls -alF

and see if there is a line with `web2c/' (no quotes). If NOT create it using the command

sudo mkdir web2c

giving your admin password when requested. Then run

ls -alF

again and you should see a line with `web2c/'. 

Three more steps...

Run the command 

cd web2c


sudo cp ~/Desktop/texmf.cnf .

and give your admin password if requested (that final . is important). 

Then, finally, run

sudo mktexlsr

and give your admin password if requested.

Tah, dah!

It sounds more complicated than it is.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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