[R] latex{Hmisc} cannot find xdvi on MAC OS X

Kevin E. Thorpe kevin.thorpe at utoronto.ca
Wed Jan 23 15:44:56 CET 2008

Gabor Grothendieck wrote:
> I don't use Mac but a workaround to this type of
> problem was discussed just recently here:
> https://stat.ethz.ch/pipermail/r-help/2008-January/151524.html

Thanks, I actually remember reading that thread.  However, I'm
not sure it's exactly the same problem in that, in my student's
case, everything works up to to point of calling xdvi.

I can probably help her with a workaround involving running latex
manually, but will need to go back to the help page to remind
myself how to find out which LaTeX packages are in use.  I
remember and example in one of them.

> On Jan 23, 2008 9:22 AM, Kevin E. Thorpe <kevin.thorpe at utoronto.ca> wrote:
>> Hello.
>> I am posting this on behalf of a student in my class.  I have been
>> introducing them to R.
>> I suspect that the problem I need help with is not so much an R
>> issue, but a MAC config issue, but I don't have enough MAC
>> experience to know what to do.
>> Anyway, on to the problem.  We are using Frank Harrell's Hmisc
>> and Design packages.  This student also wishes to use the latex
>> formatting facilities provided in those packages so she has installed
>> LaTeX.
>> When she does something like latex(describe(dataframe)), the latex
>> file is produced, the dvi file is successfully written but then
>> the error "sh: line 1: xdvi: command not found" appears.
>> I started a terminal and a "which xdvi" returned the path
>> where it found xdvi.  So, it appears that xdvi is in the
>> PATH.
>> My apologies, I forgot to get her sessionInfo() but I think
>> she is running R 2.6.?

Kevin E. Thorpe
Biostatistician/Trialist, Knowledge Translation Program
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
email: kevin.thorpe at utoronto.ca  Tel: 416.864.5776  Fax: 416.864.6057

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