[XeTeX] problems helping a new Mac user
firmicus at ankabut.net
Wed Nov 21 09:20:20 CET 2007
Apologies in advance if this is not totally XeTeX-specific. But there
are so many MacTeX users on this list that the temptation to be lazy is
As a linux user who is not totally familiar with MacOSX, I am trying to
help a colleague who wants to use XeTeX to typeset Arabic on his new
MacBook with my arabxetex package. He is pretty new to TeX (but being in
a maths department, he has some basic concepts). I gave him instructions
on how to install MacTeX, which he did. He then installed arabxetex
under ~/Library/texmf/ and ran “texconfig rehash" in the terminal.
xelatex seems to work well, except that arabxetex.sty could not be
found. I figured out that the paths in his HOME directory are not
included in the $TEXMFDBS variable, so that mktexlsr ignores it
completely. I told him to make appropriate changes in texmf.cnf,
thinking that on a Mac it would be under
but he tells me that /usr/local is empty, which of course cannot be.
Can someone tell me I could explain a beginner how to edit his texmf.cnf
Perhaps "sudo <Some_Editor> /usr/local/texlive/2007/texmf/web2c/texmf.cnf" ?
And why is it that on a default install of MacTeX TEXMFHOME does not
seem to be part of TEXMFDBS ?
Thanks in advance,
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