[OS X TeX] latexdb & texshop

Ingo Reich ireich at mac.com
Thu Oct 13 09:59:32 EDT 2005

Am 13.10.2005 um 15:33 schrieb Herbert Schulz:

> On Oct 13, 2005, at 12:46 AM, Ingo Reich wrote:
>> Herb,
>> last night I tried (almost: tcsh) exactly what you suggested, and  
>> it didn't work at all; this morning I retried (bash), and it does  
>> work on the first run. To be more precise: it does work as long as  
>> I don't have to save my file before calling latexdb; if I need to  
>> save changes in the file, texshop still complains the way I  
>> mentioned in my last mail.
>>  Another question: Since latexdb only generates a dvi-file, not  a  
>> pdf-file, I tried to extend the script as follows:
>> #!/bin/bash
>> latexdb "$1"
>> dvipdfm "$1"
>> But now dvipdfm looks for "example.tex.dvi" instead of  
>> "example.dvi", and gets stuck.
>> Sorry for being so ignorant.
>> Ingo
>> P.S. to Claus: I did try it both ways, i.e. with and without the  
>> extension .tex, but the problem persisted.
> Howdy,
> The $1 is the full name, with the .tex; e.g., fname.tex. To get the  
> base name you need to use `basename "$1" .tex` so a simple addition  
> to get it right is:
> #!/bin/bash
> basefname=$(basename "$1" .tex)
> latexdb "$1"
> dvipdfm "${basefname}"
> In terms of your other problem... What is the output of latexdb?  
> Does it change the .tex file?
> Good Luck,
> Herb Schulz
> (herbs at wideopenwest.com)

Hi Herb, I can't see that the file is in any way different than  
before, so probably it doesn't. But, as Claus pointed out, running  
latexdb on example.tex generates additional files with tex endings:  
"example.tex.1", "example.tex.pre.1" and "example.tex.texdb.1";  
during its run it also generates a then removed file called  
"example.backup" which suggests that latexdb does in fact not only  
read example.tex. What it does exactly, however, is completely  
obscure to me. Ingo

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