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I am trying to follow the instructions below in order to install hebrew to work with Latex on a mac (Lion) running TexLive. The script seems to be outdated in so many ways... Could someone help me to get the font installation process right?

Thank you in advance


mkdir tmp_latex_install
cd tmp_latex_install
# download culmus (fonts) and ivritex (latex support)
wget http://switch.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/culmus/culmus-0.100-iso8859-8.tar.gz
wget http://heanet.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/ivritex/culmus-latex-0.6.tar.gz

# unzip
tar zxvf culmus-0.100-iso8859-8.tar.gz
tar zxvf culmus-latex-0.6.tar.gz

# install culmus fonts
mv ISO-8859-8 ~/Library/culmus-fonts/
#xset +fp $HOME/Library/culmus-fonts
#xset fp rehash

# install ivritex
#mkdir -p $HOME/Library/texmf/
cd culmus-latex-0.6
#make TEXMFDIR=$HOME/Library/texmf/ CULMUSDIR=$HOME/Library/culmus-fonts
#sudo make TEXMFDIR=$HOME/Library/texmf/ CULMUSDIR=$HOME/Library/culmus-fonts install

cd ../..
rm -rf tmp_latex_install
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up vote 2 down vote accepted

You should follow the instructions in: http://www.guyrutenberg.com/culmus-latex/

(I'm the author of culmus-latex)

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Thanks for your work! Unfortunately, that site doesn't solve the issue of installing on Mac. – jvriesem Mar 30 '14 at 21:32
I believe that following the instructions for Linux will probably work for Mac as well. – Guy Apr 5 '14 at 8:44

First, you might get around this whole issue by using xelatex, which supports system-wide fonts. If you use babel with Hebrew you're probably out of luck, though - you will have to install the Hebrew fonts, including jerus10, deads10, etc.

The ivritex project is dead, and the files from SourceForge do not contain the fonts (or at least, not a readily-used version of them). So let's get them from Debian.

A quick search found the ivritex Debian package. At the bottom, you can download the .deb file, and see the list of files included in the package.


EDIT: The instructions are mostly for most Unix-like systems. But, the cp -r texmf ~/Library/ command is for OS X.

Fire up a terminal and hit

mkdir hebrew-fonts
cd hebrew-fonts
wget http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/i/ivritex/ivritex_1.1.1-6_all.deb
ar -x ivritex_1.1.1-6_all.deb data.tar.gz
tar xfz data.tar.gz
cd usr/share
cp -r texmf ~/Library/
cd ../../..
rm -rf hebrew-fonts

Look at LaTeX, now look back at me. You now can compile Hebrew LaTeX.

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Note for anyone who reads this post: the ivritex package nominally contains culmus. It does not seem to install it, however. These instructions did not work "out-of-the-box" for me. – jvriesem Mar 30 '14 at 21:41
@jvriesem - What did you have to change to get it working? – user1071136 Mar 31 '14 at 2:45
I never did get it working. I imagine it's possible, but the instructions given were not enough to make it work. – jvriesem Jun 11 '14 at 22:12
Which step failed, if any? – user1071136 Jun 11 '14 at 22:53
Shoot -- it was about 2.5 months ago, and I remember entirely giving up after that and some other failures. I wish I could remember, but it was too long ago and I don't remember the details. I do remember that it seemed to be a pretty complex failure -- not something trivial to fix -- which is a large part of why I gave up. Again, I'm sorry that this isn't more helpful! :( – jvriesem Jun 13 '14 at 0:00

Based on previous answers (I don't claim this information is totally right, only it is right enough to get you started):

preparation:complete this tut to always shoe Library on your home folder from the OS finder application.

There are two local directories for mac-OS fonts:

  1. ~/Library/texmf/ - this is the same as the last one only for extensions which are meant to be user based
  2. /usr/share/texmf/ - ... seems to be deprecated (in other words it didn’t work)

So you should stick to the first option.

Open Terminal application Download and extract the file like described (you might have to install wget I recommend you to use home-brew so you won't have to compile it):

mkdir hebrew-fonts
cd hebrew-fonts
wget http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/i/ivritex/ivritex_1.1.1-6_all.deb
ar -x ivritex_1.1.1-6_all.deb data.tar.gz
tar xfz data.tar.gz

This version is important, as other files don't include jerusalem font which is the the default for the basic hebrew latex implementation.

So just manually open the hebrew-fonts folder you have just downloaded. open it sub folders usr and share click on texmf and press edit -> copy.

After that go to the home icon select it and look for library. Select the Library which you should see after completing the preparation phase.

Now paste the texmf in the user's library folder edit -> paste

That's it!! you should have a basic hebrew LATEX functioning on your local OS X machine.

====== notes ===============

  • You can add more fonts to the same directory.

  • To check you have the fonts and also another option that makes the local arrangement unnecessary: https://www.overleaf.com/latex/examples/hebrew-document-in-overleaf-writelatex-msmk-bbryt/vpfygfqnfjxs#.VizYbdYrelJ

  • I hope this answer is clear enough. Personally I do not understand why the Latex don't have hebrew support out of the box but that's another issue. Especially because this is a general purpose software and not only for computer science I can imagine that the CS dept in Israel can invest a little more effort in integration of LaTex.
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