[OS X TeX] Bibdesk preview fails

Adam R. Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Fri Jan 27 21:29:28 EST 2006

On Jan 27, 2006, at 18:20, Herbert Schulz wrote:

> On Jan 27, 2006, at 8:01 PM, Adam R. Maxwell wrote:
>> Make sure your Preview encoding and accented character conversion  
>> prefs are set correctly.  If you're using Tiger, the actual TeX  
>> run files are probably in a subdirectory of /var/tmp/folders.501/ 
>> TemporaryItems (look for the one with the most recent creation  
>> date).  On Panther, I don't recall where the files end up, but  
>> it's somewhere under /tmp or /var/tmp.
>> -- Adam
> Howdy,
> As an aside... Whenever files are left in a subdirectory of /var/ 
> tmp/folder.UID/TemporaryItems I find them in the trash the next  
> time I boot. Is a program supposed to clean up after itself in the  
> directory?

Applications should clean those up when they quit; I didn't write  
that part of BibDesk's preview, so I'm not sure if it cleans up  

> Given that it's a temp directory why doesn't the OS just clean it  
> out (like other temp directories) when the system boots? Is this an  
> OS X 10.4.x bug?

I believe this is an OS feature, although I don't recall the  
justification for it.  Perhaps to allow access to temporary files in  
case of a hard reset/power outage?  Stuff you put in /tmp does get  
blown away, but it's wrong for a Cocoa application to use /tmp  
directly instead of NSTemporaryDirectory().


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