on macOS new user experience likely to be frustrating

Stephan Witt st.witt at gmx.net
Wed Feb 12 18:51:44 UTC 2020

Am 12.02.2020 um 16:22 schrieb mn <mnork0 at gmx.net>:
> LyX, macOS 12
> This is just a new user to LyX perspective: bad.
> Newly setup system:
> 1. install macOS
> 2. install TeXlive2019
> 3. install LyX
> 4. install Skim
> 5. read some docs for configuration
> (as written previously: trying to read UserGuide.pdf will not work in
> this setup…)
> - Changing default PDF output in
>  Preferences > Output > General

This is used to configure „Reverse Search“ when using Skim as default viewer.
To configure Skim as default viewer you change the viewer for PDF(pdflatex)
to „open -a Skim“ or more explicit to „open -a Skim.app $$i“ after choosing
„Custom“ in „Preferences >  File Handling > File Formats“.

>  to 'Skim' results in pdflatex output being displayed in X11/xpdf
> (As
> Preferences >  File Handling > File Formats > Viewers (PDF(pdflatex))
> is indeed set per default to 'xpdf‘)

The LyX configure utility checks for the existence of the xpdf viewer
and you get it probably because of having homebrew utilities in PATH.

After changing it manually to e.g. Skim or „None“ (Auto) you’ll get
Skim.app or Preview.app as you like. That’s the price you have to pay
for having xpdf installed.

> - trying to enable synctex support as per wiki is impossible

You have to use as PDF-Output in „Preferences > Output > General“:

/Applications/Skim.app/Contents/SharedSupport/displayline $$n $$o $$t

as written in the wiki IMHO.

> — **none** of the options under
> Preferences > File Handling > Converters

I don’t know were to find that info, but you have to
1. change the converter entry text fields
2. click modify to enable the Ok and Apply button
3. click Ok or Apply

That’s how it works for me.


> enables any 'OK' or 'Apply' buttons. They always remain greyed out, no
> changes can be saved.
> https://wiki.lyx.org/LyX/SyncTeX  (says:
>> Enter Tools > Preferences > File Handling > Export programs [not existing]
>> Click "LaTeX (pdflatex) > PDF (pdflatex)" in the list. In the "Export
> program" box, it now says pdflatex $$i. Instead, put pdflatex
> -synctex=-1 $$i there.
>> Click Modify to the right of the list, then Apply. [Bug: 'nothing to
> click']
> https://wiki.lyx.org/Mac/Mac
> Aim is to use LyX and Skim with synctex.
> Result is a not working as expected system, plus a bug?
> New install experience on macOS hampered by bugs, inaccessible and
> confusing & outdated documentation (within bundle, on official wiki).
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