[Ipe-discuss] where to configure paths used by IPE under OS X build ?

Michael Thon m7.thon at gmail.com
Mon Aug 17 18:36:48 CEST 2015


AFAIK, ipe on OSX just tries to call pdflatex, which searches for it in the system path, i.e., the directories in the PATH environment variable.

Now, on OSX you can invoke ipe in two different ways:

1. From the command line (i.e., open Terminal.app, and type ipe, perhaps cd to the directory of the ipe executable first)
2. Click on the ipe.app under Applications

For the command line version (1.), the system path is set to some default, and modified according to the settings in your .profile file. You can set it manually by calling 
`export PATH=newpath:$PATH` before calling ipe

For the app version (2.), the problem is that no PATH environment variable gets set by OSX and .profile is not read either. Therefore, this is handled by the ipe.app itself. There are again two possibilities:

1. The officially provided ipe binary package contains a script that sets the path before calling ipe. You can modify this to your liking (I think in /Applications/Ipe.app/Contents/MacOS/Ipe)

2. The ipe.app Application built by the MacPorts install puts the path information into the Info.plist file (/Applications/MacPorts/Ipe.app/Contents/Info.plist). You can also modify this to your liking. However, the MacPorts version already includes more possible directories in the default, so it might just work without any editing.

Hope this helps.


> On 17 Aug 2015, at 18:12, Laurent Aufrère <laurent.aufrere at free.fr> wrote:
> Hi
> I'm using OS X build of IPE and IPE tells me it can't find pdflatex.
> After searching in docs and folders, I cannot figure out how to set the default paths that IPE uses to call Latex functions.
> Any help ? Thx
>> Le 13 août 2015 à 16:38, Kostas Oikonomou <ko at research.att.com> a écrit :
>> I have Ipe 7.1.8 for/on Windows 7.  I also have Cygwin with a TeXlive 
>> 2015 installation.
>> But I can't make ipe work with this TeXlive.  It insists that it can't 
>> find "pdflatex".
>> I tried adding c:\cygwin64\bin to the Windows PATH, but it doesn't help.
>> Does anyone have any ideas?
>>                        Kostas
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