[OS X TeX] Skim SKAutoReloadFileUpdate
Joseph C. Slater PE, PhD
joseph.slater at wright.edu
Thu Dec 18 10:39:32 EST 2008
On Dec 17, 2008, at 11:37 PM, Adam R. Maxwell wrote:
> On Dec 17, 2008, at 1:12 PM, David B. Thompson, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE,
> CFM wrote:
>> On Dec 17, 2008, at 10:53, Joseph C. Slater PE, PhD wrote:
>>> The Skim wiki says "we don't recommend using this". However, I
>>> always click "Auto" and figure this will do my bidding for me. Is
>>> there an explanation for the counter-recommendation? How bad could
>>> things get? What bad effects should I be looking for?
>> I've been using the "auto" feature as well and haven't seen
>> anything bad (yet).
> Auto-reload for PDF was a mistake, IMNSHO . There's a race
> condition in reloading the file, so you can end up loading it
> multiple times or (worst case) crashing it with invalid PDF. The
> only reliable way to do this is to set your script(s) to run a
> "revert" command via AppleScript, if and only if your pdftex
> processes completed.
> Only the script/process calling pdftex has any idea if it succeeded
> or how many runs will be required. Hence, using revert is more
> efficient and sensible, since you can't read a partially created PDF
> document (as you can with some formats).
OK. I see your point (I read the thread). As a practical matter,
however, I've never encountered this. If the worst that's going to
happen is Skim crashes once in a while, I can handle that. The
convenience more than offsets it.
It seems to me that AUCTEX should be able to call a script that
compiles, waits for results, then forces a refresh in Skim (which is
the method you're advocating), but baring user (capable user)
frustration, I doubt it's going to happen. I don't have the skill set,
unfortunately (contrary to popular opinion). At least not without a
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