[OS X TeX] Re: MacOSX-TeX Digest #1293 - 02/20/05

nachman nachman at oakland.edu
Mon Feb 21 06:27:32 EST 2005

> Subject: Re: [OS X TeX] aux files
> From: "Jonathan Kew" <jonathan_kew at sil.org>
> Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 16:12:47 +0000
> On 20 Feb 2005, at 3:30 pm, nachman wrote:
>> Folks,
>> This is probably an OS X question.  On occasion, using XeLateX to make
>> text for slides for Keynote, TeXShop has a problem and runs off the
>> deep end, generating a masssive log file.  OK, I can live with this.
>> But after forcing TeXShop to quit I sometimes have a log file that
>> fills up half my hard disk.  Trashing the file is possible, but
>> emptying the trash is not.  Even after quitting TeXShop I get a "in
>> use"  error message.  How do I get rid of those files without a
>> complete reboot?
> It's not TeXShop itself that is creating the log file, it's the
> xe(la)tex process. That may explain why after force-quitting TeXShop
> you can't actually delete the log file. It might be better to use
> /Applications/Utilities/Activity Monitor (or the "kill" command in a
> Terminal window) to locate and kill the xelatex process if you get in
> such a loop.
> As for the underlying cause, this sounds like it's probably caused by
> the XeTeX "[][][][][][]...." bug, which has been discussed on the XeTeX
> mailing list a few months back. This will be fixed in the next release
> of XeTeX, but for now it can be avoided by ensuring that the
> extra_mem_bot setting in texmf.cnf is zero for the xetex/xelatex
> engines. See the first item at:
> 	http://scripts.sil.org/xetex_faq
> for more information.
> (If that's *not* the problem that's leading to the massive logs, then
> I'd like to know more about this particular case, as it could be a
> separate bug that I don't yet know about.)
> HTH,
> Jonathan

Jonathan and All,

Thanks for the quick responses.   It is indeed the "[][][][]..." bug.
I have adjusted my texmf.cnf.  Hopefully that will work.

Jack nachman

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