[OS X TeX] Re: Hide temporary files created by TeXShop

Alan Litchfield alan at alphabyte.co.nz
Mon Sep 17 17:55:40 EDT 2007

For me, I tend to keep the build files because the build process is  
dramatically shortened if they already exist. The only time I delete  
them is when there is an error that necessitates it.  Quite properly,  
that is the only time you need to remove those files or when the job  
is completed and the auxiliary files are no longer going to be kept  
(archived). The other time they might cause problems is when the file  
uses deprecated environments or commands.

But if you want to delete them every time, why not make an Automator  
file that runs both processes? You can save the Automator document  
and put it into the Dock. Run it by hitting Ctrl-F3 (to open the  
Dock) and hitting Enter when it is selected (no mouse required).

Alternatively, you can build a make file and run it from Terminal.  
Then run make clean to remove the auxiliary files.

Depends on how much work you want to do to set the thing up.


On 18/09/2007, at 9:34 AM, Markus S wrote:

>> There are all sorts of things that can go wrong doing that. I  
>> think  it's easier to just use a macro that will delete all the  
>> extraneous  files once you're done using them. TeXShop even has a  
>> built-in  command, File->Trash Aux Files (Ctl-Cmd-A), to do that  
>> sort of thing.  You can add extensions to that command as a hidden  
>> preference; see  TeXShop Help.
> I already use this command frequently, whenever there is a  
> compilation error to fix. But I tend to compile (cmd-shift-L)  
> almost every 30 seconds, having to hit another shortcut every time  
> as well is not practical.
> My beef with the all the aux files is that they make it more  
> difficult to find files in the Finder. Maybe if there were a  
> preference in the Finder to hide all files with certain extentions...
> Whoever comes up with a bullet-proof solution for this, deserves  
> praise. Ideally such a solution could be worked into TeXShop itself.

Alan Litchfield GradDipBus, MBus(Hons), CTT, MNZCS
PO Box 1941, Auckland, NZ. 1140

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