I need to use pdfLaTeX. I installed the BasicTeX.pkg because the readme indicated it would contain pdflatex.

I have: /Users/tmb/Library/TeX/Distributions/Programs.

Which includes texbin - I tried to cd into texbin to look for pdflatex and I get

cd:cd:13: no such file or directory: texbin

I want to get pdfLaTeX and if possible without the full 2 + GB download how do I do this?

  • Welcome! It will be easier if you install in the default location. Is there some reason you can't do that? Also, where did you cd from exactly? Do you need pdfLaTeX for a very heavily constrained project? If so, Basic might work. If not, life will be much, much less frustrating if you install the full version. Is 2G really a problem? – cfr Dec 3 '15 at 1:38
  • I installed it using the Mactex package and this was the default location – tbrooke Dec 3 '15 at 3:18
  • Then you have a mutant package. The default installation location is under /usr/local/texlive. You will also get symbolic links created under /Library/TeX/ but not anywhere in your home directory. (tug.org/mactex/morepackages.html) – cfr Dec 3 '15 at 3:46
  • OK Found it under: /usr/local/texlive/2015basic don't see anything in my path under Library it shows Library/TeX/Distributions/Programs and then an ls-al shows texbin -> ../.DefaultTeX/Contents/Programs/texbin I think I need a path – tbrooke Dec 3 '15 at 4:24
  • That looks right. I don't know exactly what the links should be as I'm not on OS X but that looks very plausible. I'd assume it is correct unless somebody says otherwise. – cfr Dec 3 '15 at 4:26

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