[OS X TeX] making an index (nomenclature)

John Collins jcc8 at psu.edu
Mon Feb 5 21:48:25 CET 2024

It's worth adding that to make the kind of index used by the nomenclature 
package, the command line to invoke makeindex is not the one for a standard 
index, but a modified one.  Here's what the documentation for the nomencl 
package says to do:

     makeindex ⟨filename⟩.nlo -s nomencl.ist -o ⟨filename⟩.nls

As Herb explained, the pdflatexmk engine in TeXShop (and its xelatexmk etc 
relatives) provide a special configuration to latexmk to get makeindex invoked 
appropriately for the nomenclature.

John Collins

On 2/5/24 3:18 PM, Herbert Schulz via MacOSX-TeX wrote:
>> On Feb 5, 2024, at 1:09 PM, Nicolae Garleanu <nbgarleanu at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> Hi Herb,
>> Yes, I think it is pdflatex, although I do not remember (I think I used to
>> know, at least) why in the Typeset menu Pdftex is checked (as is LaTeX).
>> More important, I put % !TEX program = pdflatexmk as the first line of the
>> document (I tried both before and after \document class — I used the
>> syntax %TEX root = …, after \documentclass, with success in other files).
>> As before, no new file other than the .nlo, but no error on executing.
>> I haven’t tried the terminal, but I wonder whether that is the most
>> efficient way to uncover the problem. I had a quick look over the .log
>> file for anything that would catch my eye, and did see "No file
>> Try-nomencl.nls,” which didn’t surprise me, but I don’t know why this file
>> failed to be produced. Maybe I should also say that I never did anything
>> actively to set up pdflatexmk. Were it not for Overleaf, I would keep
>> thinking that I have a syntax error vis-a-vis the nomenclature package.
>> Nicolae
> Howdy,
> How did you typeset the file? Did you use Typeset->Typeset (Cmd-T)?
> I usually put it at the top of the file but within the first 20 lines of the
> file is OK too.
> When I typeset using the pdflatexmk engine it all automatically gets
> compiled (no need for separate runs of pdflatex, makeindex, pdflatex the
> engine takes care of everything and teXShop configures things so that the
> engine knows how to deal with .nlo files, etc. I get a fully typeset file
> with the nomenclature there.
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