On my computer (OS X 10.7.5; last versions of MacTeX and TeXShop)

/usr/texbin is an alias for /usr/local/texlive/2013/bin/x86_64-darwin/

and in there

pdflatex is an alias for pdftex

Is this a bug or a feature?

Trying to compile the code below, seems to suggest I might also have a problem with biber, as well. How do I need to proceed to clean up my installation, in a way that reinstalling both MacTeX and TeXShop will give me something functional?


            Here is text \footfullcite{vNM1944theory}.
            Here is text \fullcite{vNM1944theory}.


Thanks for reading.

      title={The theory of games and economic behavior},
      author={Von Neumann, John and Morgenstern, Oskar},
      publisher={Princeton university press}


  • What error do you get? – Juri Robl Feb 10 '14 at 14:49
  • data source /var/folders/8j/bx2qhrfj7vxd5n7y22409zj40000gn/T/par-636564726963/cache-955b5cd96386991ca6623279060097e4c757d28e/inc/lib/Biber/LaTeX/recode_data.xml not found in . – sunless Feb 10 '14 at 14:51
  • Try to remove the cache folder and start biber again. – Juri Robl Feb 10 '14 at 14:51
  • Do you mean .aux files or something else? – sunless Feb 10 '14 at 14:55
  • This folder: /var/folders/8j/bx2qhrfj7vxd5n7y22409zj40000gn/T/par-636564726963/cache-955b5cd9‌​6386991ca6623279060097e4c757d28e/ – Juri Robl Feb 10 '14 at 14:56

It's a feature! The same binary is used for the functionality, and which one is selected depends on the name you use to start it.

  • 2
    It's worth noting that pdftex very likely looks at argv[0] to see what it was called as, selecting the default format from there. That's how it can tell. – Sean Allred Feb 10 '14 at 14:51
  • Yes it does IIRC. – Juri Robl Feb 10 '14 at 14:52

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