[texworks] Building TeXworks for the Mac yourself

Stefan Löffler st.loeffler at gmail.com
Sun May 15 14:33:07 CEST 2011


thanks to Charlie Sharpsteen, there are some Mac builds of the latest
version of TeXworks ready for download (see his posts to this list). In
addition, he kindly shared his build system.

While using ready-made builds is convenient for many "normal" users, it
has a few drawbacks. First, you have to download and install a complete
new package every time some minor things in TeXworks are changed. And
second, you can't help develop and improve TeXworks' code, not as much
as you could when compiling it yourself, anyway ;). (Of course,
providing bug reports, feature requests, etc. is always very welcome;
without anyone testing possible changes, however, even before they are
committed, leaves developers like me without a Mac searching for the
proverbial needle in a haystack).

Anyway, with Charlie's build system for the Mac in place, you almost
good to go for building TeXworks yourself - if you want. I've uploaded a
guide derived from the original readme file at
http://code.google.com/p/texworks/wiki/BuildingOnMacOSXHomebrew. AFAIK,
however, it was not tested on a clean (meaning: no development files
installed) system, yet. So, if you're willing to try, please take a look
at it, and report anything (be at a successful compilation, a problem, a
suggestion, or whatever else) you experience here so we can improve this
guide and others can follow in your footsteps in the future.


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