lyx-users Digest, Vol 58, Issue 8

Kornel Benko kornel at
Wed Nov 4 19:10:27 UTC 2020

Am Wed, 4 Nov 2020 09:27:16 -0800
schrieb David Chan <david.c.chan at>:

> > Add the line
> >         \default_view_format pdf2
> > to file 'preferences'
> >
> >         Kornel
> >  
> Thanks very much Kornel!
> I have found the file `preferences.txt` in Library > Application Support >
> LyX-2.3, and I have added that line to it. I then reconfigured LyX.
> However, when I look in Preferences > File Handling > File Formats, I still
> can't find pdflatex.
> Thanks,
> Dave

1.) I wonder about the name 'preferences.txt'. In case this is wrong, look at
	Help->About LyX->user directory
    The preferences file should be in this directory
2.) Add the line there (After the line with 'Format 34'
3.) No need to reconfigure. You have to restart lyx though, so lyx can read preferences

4.) If that does not work, check the log-file 'configure.log' (in the same directory)
    Should contain the lines
	INFO: checking for the pdflatex program...
	INFO: +checking for "pdflatex"...  yes

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