[OS X TeX] MacTerminal + MacTeX + screen reader causes frequent crashes?

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Wed Apr 21 16:45:04 CEST 2021

> On Apr 21, 2021, at 9:30 AM, Jonathan Fine <jfine2358 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi
> Mohamed Fayed on the visually impaired programmers list had frequent Mac Terminal crashes which, reading between the lines, seems to be related to the use of a screen reader. (I should add that I'm a sighted programmer, who uses neither screen reader nor a Mac.)
> When Mohamed mentioned that "frequent crashes occur when I install mactex on my MBP" I offered to tell this list about the problem, on his behalf. He accepted my offer, hence this message.
> Here's a link to relevant posts on the VI programmers list.
> https://www.freelists.org/post/program-l/Anyone-else-facing-frequent-Mac-Terminal-app-crashes,9
> I'm happy to be copied in on messages, and where helpful and possible act as an intermediary.
> with best regards
> Jonathan


I really don't see how MacTeX-2021 (which installs a full TeX Live 2021) could give rise to Fayeed's problems.

Note that macOS 11 uses zsh as its default shell so that might be a problem with the commands he is using. I am too used to bash so have set that as the shell to use. Unfortunately you then get an annoying message at startup of Terminal but there is a small addition to the profile that gets rid of that too and a link to that command is given in the message.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
herbs at wideopenwest.com

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