[OS X TeX] TexShop Configuration

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Tue Feb 20 09:39:53 EST 2007

On Feb 20, 2007, at 8:15 AM, S P Suresh wrote:

> Hi Herb,
> I have been meaning to ask this for some time. This is as good an  
> occasion as any. I have been using latexmk on the command-line, and  
> your TeXShop plug-ins, for some time now. But it doesn't always  
> work. I have noticed that latexmk (even on the command line, if I  
> recall correctly) goes into an infinite loop while trying to  
> compile a document that uses beamer. I recently noticed the same  
> looping behaviour while trying to typeset a document that uses the  
> endnote package. Have you / others experienced this?


I haven't experienced this problem... but then I don't use beamer  
(well, I just tried to use the pdflatexmk engine on a sample beamer  
document and, indeed, it does seem to go into a loop) and, while  
having to do many runs (I think it did 6 runs to completely resolve  
all cross references) on a simple document using the endonote package  
it eventually did complete.

I'm not sure what kinds of magic beamer does to cause the looping but  
I'd suggest getting in touch with John Collins, who maintains  
latexmk, at <http://www.phys.psu.edu/~collins/software/latexmk-jcc/>,  
to report the problem.

> I moved to the Mac around a year ago from Linux. I remember that I  
> used to patiently do the latex+bibtex+latex+latex+dvips+ps2pdf   
> routine on the command line, without ever complaining. But having  
> gotten used to all these comforts, I crib when I am forced to the  
> slightest extra work :-)
> Cheers,
> Suresh
> S P Suresh
> Chennai Mathematical Institute
> India

Hmmm... let's see... I started with PCTeX under DOS 6.1 back in the  
80s; had a stint with nroff on BSD systems for a while; then back to  
TeX on the Mac, via TeXtures, in the early 90s; used FrameMaker on  
the Mac for a while; finally came back to TeX with Gerben's  
distribution, iTeXMac and TeXShop, etc., and will stay there!

I really like latexmk for many things. I usually leave the `mk' of  
the engine while I'm in the earlier stages of writing and then add it  
when I'm at the point where I want to see the full document.

There is another system, rubber, that looks interesting --- it  
appears more extensible than latexmk --- and is a bit more like make  
in many ways, but I haven't taken the time to figure it out and then  
to see how I can integrate it, via engines, with TeXShop.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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