[tex-live] comment/bug report?

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Thu Sep 3 10:49:40 CEST 2009

On Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 4:05 PM, Robert Diaz<RDiaz at fullcoll.edu> wrote:
> Greetings,
> I recently installed mactex 2009. I am running snow leopard. I was able to compile a document with pstricks and it seemed to work nicely. I have a few things to report:
> 1. I received an error when going from dvi->ps->pdf (this happened in mactex 2008 as well). Here's the message:
> Process Started
> /usr/local/bin/ps2pdfwr: line 45: exec: gs: not found
> Process exited with error(s)

MacTeX 2009 includes ghostscript.  There should be /usr/local/bin/gs.
Maybe it wasn't installed, or
maybe your PATH is missing /usr/local/bin.   If gs is missing,  you
can find the ghostscript
package inside the MacTeX .mpkg and try installing.

> 2. I need to know the proper mirror to run the tlmgr.

<http://texlive.tug.org/texlive/pretest.html> has a list of mirrors
and their status.  In N. America,
repository=http://ftp.math.utah.edu/pub/texlive/tlnet has been good
from the far corner here
in Nova Scotia

> 3a. Is it still necessary to run the disaster recovery script?
> 3b. I get this error when calling:
> macintosh:~ robertdiaz$ sudo tlmgr gui
> Password:

I suggest changing ownership (chown -R <user>:<group>) of
the texlive trees to some designated TL manager -- tlmgr
and related scripts are a bit much to be trusted with root privs.

> Cannot load Tk, thus the GUI cannot be started!
> The Perl/Tk module is not shipped with the TeX Live installation.
> You have to install it to get tlmgr GUI running. See
> http://tug.org/texlive/distro.html for more details.

I've managed to get this working a couple times in TL2008, but it is
fragile and seems to break when Xquartz is updated.  MacTeX has
yet another GUI, but I don't use it.

George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia

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