Fix issue with Pandoc, MacOS Sierra and pdflatex / xelatex

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After some time, I picked up a project where LaTeX was involved, to find out it didn’t work anymore.

I couldn’t run the script with the pandoc command, a few errors came up.

deprecated option --latex-engine

One was about a deprecated options, namely --latex-engine, which is now --pdf-engine:

--latex-engine has been removed.  Use --pdf-engine instead.

To fix this issue, simply use the new flag --pdf-engine.


Unfortunately, also the typesetting was not correct, I had to use another pdf engine.

The error was:

! Fatal fontspec error: "cannot-use-pdftex"
! The fontspec package requires either XeTeX or LuaTeX.
! You must change your typesetting engine to, e.g., "xelatex" or
! "lualatex"instead of plain "latex" or "pdflatex".

install packages

Note: brew and brew-cask are required.

With the following packages I was able to compile my PDFs:

brew cask install BasicTeX
brew install pandoc
sudo tlmgr update --self
sudo tlmgr install collection-fontsrecommended

Here, have a slice of pizza 🍕