I installed Texmaker for mac and download MacTeX and installed this .zip:

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  1. I couldn't find the files in /usr/ or /bin/.

  2. What are the preferences I should enter in these cells? Please give me the full paths

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    I've tided up the comments here, which established that the link given does not lead to the installation of TeX Live (the 'business end' of MacTeX) at all. – Joseph Wright Jan 3 '13 at 22:20

The link you have, while saying MacTeX 2011, is actually pointing to the download for a part of MacTeX 2012 which works only with a DVD containing 'vanilla' TeX Live. This should get fixed on the website: I will report it. However, what you want is the latest MacTeX. That's always available from the link http://www.tug.org/mactex/ (note: no year), and on that page you want http://mirror.ctan.org/systems/mac/mactex/MacTeX.pkg, which is the full Mac installer, about 2 Gb.


I don't know if this might help. Here are the settings of the automatically set preferences of TeXmaker 3.5.2 on Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

Settings file as suggested in the comments by @texenthusiast


LaTeX: "/usr/texbin/latex" -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex
pdfLaTeX: "/usr/texbin/pdflatex" -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex

XeLaTeX: "/usr/texbin/xelatex" -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex

Latexmk: "/usr/texbin/latexmk" -e "$pdflatex=q/pdflatex -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode/" -pdf %.tex


Bib(la)tex: "/usr/texbin/bibtex" %.aux
Makeindex: "/usr/texbin/makeindex" %.idx

dvips: "/usr/texbin/dvips" -o %.ps %.dvi
Dvipdfm: "/usr/texbin/dvipdfm" %.dvi
ps2pdf: "/usr/local/bin/ps2pdf" %.ps

metapost: "/usr/texbin/mpost" --interaction nonstopmode
Asymptote: /usr/bin/asy %.asy

ghostscript: /usr/local/bin/gs

R Sweave: R CMD Sweave %.Rnw

Settings Screenshot

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    You could add the contents of the various boxes in clear text – egreg Jan 3 '13 at 21:33
  • @IceQueeny, you can also share your Texmaker settings file Save a copy of Setting file in Options menu. Anyone can pick the commandline options from them. – texenthusiast Jan 3 '13 at 22:02
  • that would have been easier.. didn't know that yet. But the question is also if that helps at all.. seems like there is some other problem.. – user23926 Jan 3 '13 at 22:06

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