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I've just installed TeXlipse using the simple installing option (Install new softwares -> http://texlipse.sourceforge.net/) on my Mac OS.

I create a new LaTeX project, select output format = pdf, build command = pdflatex. However, no pdf file was generated. I tried to turn off automatically build and then clicked build but still nothing happened.

In console, it's written:

/usr/bin/open -a /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app "/Users/myusername/Documents/workspace/TexLipse"

Can someone please explain me how to build pdf file with TeXlipse in Mac OS X?

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How did you install your TeX distribution? (Not TeXlipse itself, but your actual TeX distribution? You should be using MacTeX. – Alan Munn Sep 30 '11 at 21:39
Thanks. I've just installed MacTex now. – chepukha Oct 3 '11 at 15:16
i think i have a similar issue. i've set up all the right paths, but the building process halts at 4% and the console output is: running: /usr/local/texlive/2011/bin/x86_64-darwin/pdflatex pdflatex> This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.3-1.40.12 (TeX Live 2011) pdflatex> restricted \write18 enabled. running pdflatex from the console works and compiles perfectly any hints? – simon Feb 18 '12 at 10:36
@simon This is not an answer to the question. If the accepted answer does not solve your problem, consider asking a fresh question specific to your problem. – qubyte Feb 18 '12 at 10:51
@simon: Welcome to TeX.sx! Your question won't be seen by many people here, so it would be best to repost it as a fresh question. Follow-up questions like this are more than welcome! Please use the "Ask Question" link for your new question; there you can link to this question to provide the background. – Werner Feb 18 '12 at 15:30
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I suspect something went wrong with the configuration of the builder settings. I had a similar problem which required me to reconfigure that part of the installation process. When I clicked Build nothing happened, but after fixing this it works.

See the screenshot below and the following url Texclipse installation and configuration - Part 2

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Insert /usr/texbin where it asks for the "Bin directory of TeX distribution". This will access the files at /usr/local/texlive/2011/bin if you've got the 2011 version of MacTeX installed.

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I think you're right, Mcgafter. However, I'm not sure how to setup these paths in Mac OS. The only directory I found for texlipse is /Users/usrname/Documents/software/eclipse/plugins/net.sourceforge.texlipse_1.4.2 but when I hit apply button, nothing is set. I tried to setup the path to each program, e.g. pdflatex, but I only found texi2pdf in /usr/bin and setting pdflatex to that one doesn't help. Any thought on that? – chepukha Sep 30 '11 at 15:27
If MacTeX has been installed, /usr/texbin should be used instead of the path to the executables. It's probably better to leave, say, latex in the first line and filling the box "Bin directory" with /usr/texbin. In theory, at least. (I don't have Eclipse to make a try.) – egreg Sep 30 '11 at 15:32
Thanks, egreg. But there is no /usr/texbin as well as anything start with "tex" – chepukha Sep 30 '11 at 16:14
Mcgafter, I couldn't find /usr/local/texlive/2011/bin directory. – chepukha Sep 30 '11 at 16:44
@chepukha: Use egreg's path which he mentioned. /usr/texbin. That will automatically redirect to the proper installed path. If you've got 2010's MacTeX version it might be /usr/local/texlive/2010/bin. The /usr directory is hidden by default. To view it's contents select Go->Go to folder from a Finder window and type in /usr/ in the box. You could also use a tool such as TinkerTool or OnyX to display hidden files and folders if you really want to. – McGafter Oct 1 '11 at 9:07

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