[plt-scheme] scribble ultra beginner

From: Eric Tanter (etanter at dcc.uchile.cl)
Date: Wed Apr 28 10:13:03 EDT 2010

Thanks Jakub, the environment.plist trick works fine.

-- Éric

On Apr 28, 2010, at 8:09 AM, Jakub Piotr Cłapa wrote:

> On 28-04-10 02:38, Eric Tanter wrote:
>> [If there is a mac guru listening, I'd like to know how I can configure the OS such that any application not launched from a terminal has access to /usr/texbin...]
> The general way is to add a new file to /etc/paths.d . Unfortunately it is not general enought to work in the GUI. GUI apps get started by the loginwindow process which only interprets ~/.MacOSX/environment.plist [1]. Even when you launch a subshell to run your command it won't source the usual shell configuration files and only inherits what the parent GUI program had.
> [1]: http://developer.apple.com/mac/library/qa/qa2001/qa1067.html
> One idea is to run path_helper from DrScheme and import the paths (but it won't work with ~/.profile customizations) or to do it like MacVim.
> This is an except from the MacVim manual:
> *macvim-login-shell*
> Applications opened from the Finder do not automatically source the user's
> environment variables (which are typically set in .profile or .bashrc).  This
> presents a problem when using |:!| to execute commands in the shell since e.g.
> $PATH might not be set properly.  To work around this problem MacVim starts
> new Vim processes via a login shell so that all environment variables are set.
> By default MacVim uses the $SHELL environment variable to determine which
> shell to use (if $SHELL is not set "/bin/bash" is used).  It is possible to
> override this choice by setting the user default MMLoginShellCommand to the
> shell that should be used (e.g. "/bin/tcsh").  MacVim tries to make the shell
> a login shell by prepending argv[0] with a dash.  If you use an exotic shell
> and need to pass it a parameter to make it a login shell then you can set the
> user default MMLoginShellArgument (e.g. to "-l").  Finally, if the "bash"
> shell is used, then "-l" is automatically added as an argument.  To override
> this behaviour set MMLoginShellArgument to "--".
> -- 
> regards,
> Jakub Piotr Cłapa
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