[OS X TeX] Unexplained TeXshop crashes

Louis Talman talmanl at gmail.com
Tue Sep 26 23:39:05 EDT 2006

I'm using TeXshop, installed via MacTeX v1.1, dated 6/8/06 to work on  
a book whose current length is about 350 pages.  It consists of a  
short introduction, which is in a root file, and nine chapters, each  
in its own include-file.  There is also a BibTeX bibliography and an  
index.  When I'm working on Chapter N, I activate a line


and work away at it.

So far so good.  But when I comment out the \includeonly line in  
order to compile the whole work and to update the index and the  
bibliography, TeXShop frequently crashes--usually when I ask for a  
second compilation but sometimes right after the first compilation.   
It simply quits, and Mac tells me that it's quit unexpectedly.  Duh.

Restarting has always worked, and the crashes happen well after the  
program has saved my revisions (and I have multiple backups), so this  
has more the nature of a big fat nuisance than an emergency.

I'm unable to identify the circumstances that cause the crashes--I  
thought for a while that they happened when pagination changed, but  
that doesn't seem to be the case.  I thought, briefly, that deleting  
all of the .aux files cured the problem--but it doesn't.  The more  
changes I make in one of the chapters, the more likely, it seems,  
that TeXShop will crash.  I haven't been able to duplicate the  
behavior with anything other than the files I'm working on.

Has anyone else experienced this problem?  Does anyone have any ideas?

--Lou Talman
   Department of Mathematical & Computer Sciences
   Metropolitan State College of Denver


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