[OS X TeX] Poor performance on a MacBookPro

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Tue Sep 4 10:06:27 EDT 2007

On Sep 4, 2007, at 4:41 AM, Dave Murray-Rust wrote:

> On 3 Sep 2007, at 23:03, Herbert Schulz wrote:
>> On Sep 3, 2007, at 4:51 PM, Maarten Sneep wrote:
>>> ...
>>> It seems you have moved your home directory to an external drive.  
>>> The double // in /Volumes/Data/Users/dave// seems to have the  
>>> effect that all directories in your home are searched. I bet you  
>>> have set your $HOME variable _with_ a final slash. It should not  
>>> have that slash. As an experiment, do the following:
>>> export HOME=Volumes/Data/Users/dave
>>> latex test-file
>>> If that helps, you have the cause. Use whatever method (NetInfo I  
>>> guess) to change the assignment of your home.
>>> Maarten
>> Howdy,
>> Yes, the // means all sub-directories and then the trailing path.
> You guys rock! Thanks for all the help.
> My test file now takes 0.07s to latex, and my chapter takes 0.46,  
> so I'm now very happy.
> The response to a double slash in the middle of a path seems like a  
> strange behaviour! I was on the look out for double slashes at the  
> end, but not expecting ones in the middle to matter.
> Thanks again,
> dave


That may only be kpathsea behavior rather than OS behavior.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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