[texhax] trouble with texhash and pst-algparser.pro

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Tue Feb 22 10:52:47 CET 2011

On 2011-02-21 at 23:41:41 -0500, Thomas Schneider wrote:

 > For reasons that are mysterious to me, my ability to create slideshows
 > using PowerDot failed on my laptop.  It turned out that dvips was
 > missing pst-algparser.pro.  When I put that file into my directory
 > (see below for how I found it) all was fine.  So I figured that would
 > be fixed by installing the DVD (August 2010) MacTeX.  The install went
 > cleanly, but I still was using the 2008 versions according to my log
 > file.  I did a texhash and discovered that now I was using my 2005
 > version!  I moved the old versions out of /usr/local/texlive.  Now
 > texhash was not found at all.  So I located the texhash in the bin
 > directory and ran that:
 > sudo /usr/local/texlive/2010/bin/uniersal-darwin/texhash

Never call TeX programs with an absolute path.

 > Then I needed to work in a fresh Terminal.  *WHEW*.  That was pretty
 > tricky.
 > So I have some suggestions for the installation:
 > 1. Could the MacTex installation do a texhash for users?

This is not necessary unless a particular user has TEXMFHOME in TEXMFDBS.

 > 2. Could the texhash be smarter and look for the most recent version
 > instead of the oldest one?

No.  That would mess up the whole system.  texhash updates the TeX
system which is found first in PATH.

 > Questions:
 > Why was pst-algparser.pro "suddenly" not found?  Oddly, this file is
 > in the correct location in the 2008 distribution.

Are you using TL-2010 or TL-2008?


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