[R-SIG-Mac] building a package on a Mac: pdflatex

David Winsemius dwinsemius at comcast.net
Tue Jul 5 15:48:44 CEST 2011

On Jul 5, 2011, at 9:10 AM, Federico Calboli wrote:

> Simon,
>> both are entirely irrelevant - run
>> system("pdflatex --version")
>> in R - that is the only thing that counts. If it shows an error,  
>> then you don't have pdflatex on your PATH which would be the  
>> problem. As a side note, you are showing two separate TeX packages  
>> which may not help you to find out what breaks in your setup in  
>> general ...
> thanks for the hint. Unfortunately:
> system("pdflatex --version")
> /bin/sh: pdflatex: command not found
> doing a simple
> PATH=$PATH:/user/texbin
> fixed it if I use R and package.skeleton() from the terminal. If I  
> use the R gui (from the standard R 2.13.0 CRAN download) it still  
> does not find pdflatex and does not build a usable package skeleton.
> In any case, your hit solved my issue. Now, how do I set the path  
> for the R gui?

When the answer to this is posted, I am wondering if it could be put  
in the Mac R FAQ because it seems that I have read several questions  
of late that involve users puzzling where to set various paths for  
Finder,  bash, and R that are stored in different places/environments.  
It would be good not to need to search for a r-sig-mac posting but  
rather refer to a "central document".

David Winsemius, MD
West Hartford, CT

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