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
    Commented Sep 30, 2011 at 21:39
  • 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
    Commented Feb 18, 2012 at 10:36
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    Commented Feb 18, 2012 at 10:51
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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.

  • 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
    Commented Sep 30, 2011 at 15:27
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    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
    Commented Sep 30, 2011 at 15:32
  • Thanks, egreg. But there is no /usr/texbin as well as anything start with "tex"
    – chepukha
    Commented Sep 30, 2011 at 16:14
  • Mcgafter, I couldn't find /usr/local/texlive/2011/bin directory.
    – chepukha
    Commented Sep 30, 2011 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
    Commented Oct 1, 2011 at 9:07

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