[OS X TeX] style files

Ettore Aldrovandi ealdrov at mail.math.fsu.edu
Tue Mar 2 19:14:02 CET 2021

> On Mar 2, 2021, at 12:03, Nitecki, Zbigniew H. <Zbigniew.Nitecki at tufts.edu> wrote:
> I realized I (also?) have a copy of the texmf file on Dropbox and that has all the files. 
> It appears that this is the up-to-date version (I checked one file, and the latest modification was last week).  
> But I am not sure how to instruct the TeXShop engine to use those files.
> When I search for them in Finder, I go Dropbox->texmf->tex->latex->MyMacros and in there are the relevant files.
> I need a TeX/Mac-for-Idiots bit of advice.

I am assuming that the path in Dropbox is accurate, that is, that texmf is right below the Dropbox directory. So, what I would do is link DropBox to ~/Library/texmf as follows: open Terminal.app and then run the following commands:

cd ~/Library
rm texmf
ln -s ~/Dropbox/texmf .

(Note the dot in the last line!)  The first line changes to the ~/Library directory. The tilde is a shorthand for your home, typically /Users/<yourusername>.  The second line removes the alias. The third does the linking. 

Then your files in the texmf subtree should be available. What this does is just linking, so the actual files will still be on DropBox. 

Hope this helps,


Ettore Aldrovandi
Department of Mathematics, Florida State University
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Tallahassee, FL 32306-4510, USA * * aldrovandi at math dot fsu dot edu

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