# [OS X TeX] problem with running project root file

Ari Stern ari at caltech.edu
Thu Aug 21 17:48:04 EDT 2008

I'm still confused as to how LaTeX wrote *over* your chapters.  LaTeX
should just read your *.tex input files, it shouldn't do *anything* to
change them.  Could you have accidentally renamed Epidemiology.aux to
Epidemiology.tex at some point?

Cheers,
Ari

On Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 2:41 PM, Sheetal Silal <Sheetal.Silal at uct.ac.za> wrote:
> I thought that would be the case. Sad thing is I made changes since my last backup and  it did this to two chapters. Well, gonna have to start the updating! Thanks for all your help!
>
> Sheetal
>
>
>>>> Maarten Sneep <maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl> 08/21/08 11:36 PM >>>
>
> On 21 aug 2008, at 23:26, Sheetal Silal wrote:
>
>> Thesis is the main file.
>
> The main file seems to be OK (not a lot that can go wrong with that
> small amount of code).
>
>> What you see in the Chapter file 'Epidemiology' is what became of my
>> chapter that was once full of writing and diagrams.
>> That chapter file included the Document settings and all the
>> packages and the \begin and \end{document}. At the point when i
>> first typesetted the thesis.tex file (main file) I didnt know that
>> one wasnt supposed to have the preamble stuff and begin and end
>> document bit.  That was when the writing in the chapter
>> 'Epidemiology' became what it looks now in the attachment. So I am
>> trying to get my chapter with all my writing in it back!
>
> I have bad news for you, I hope you have a backup. It is hard to
> reconstruct now, but it is possible to overwrite files in LaTeX. How
> it decided to overwrite Epidemiology.tex, I don't know, but that text
> is gone.
>
> Maarten
>
>
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