I downloaded MacTex.pkg, installed texshop, but I get the following error:

/Library/TeX/texbin/pdflatex does not exist. TeXShop is a front end for TeX, but you also need a TeX distribution. Perhaps such a distribution was not installed or was removed during a system upgrade. If so, go to http://tug.org/MacTeX and follow the instructions to (re)install MacTeX. A less likely possibility is that a tool path is incorrectly configured in TeXShop preferences. This can happen if you are using the macports or fink distributions.

PLEASE help. I am very new to both Mac and LaTeX so if someone could "hold my hand" so to speak, that would be really great.

  • did you install MacTex or just download it? Silly question perhaps. Open up a terminal and type tex --version in it. What happens? Jul 29, 2015 at 4:37
  • @MHH I installed it. and when I type tex -- version I get tex: command not found.
    – newbie
    Jul 29, 2015 at 9:05
  • you might find some help in the answer to this question: How do I debug a failed MacTex installation? Jul 29, 2015 at 14:39
  • Thank you @barbarabeeton but looks like my installation was fine. I uninstalled everything and re-installed again, yet the error persists.
    – newbie
    Jul 29, 2015 at 16:25
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    The path in TeXShop should be /Library/TeX/texbin for MacTeX 2015, and /usr/texbin for MacTeX 2014 and earlier. If tex --version is not found, your PATH environment variable in the Terminal is incorrect. tex.stackexchange.com/questions/29744/… may help with that. Jul 31, 2015 at 3:45


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