[OS X TeX] latexit issues

Charilaos Skiadas cskiadas at gmail.com
Sun Jun 15 13:46:19 EDT 2008

Thanks for the clarification. It's perhaps purely academic at this  
point, but this now does beg the question, why TMPDIR is set on the  
OP's computer, and whether unsetting it might somehow miraculously  
fix things? In particular, who owns that directory? It doesn't sound  
to me like var is a directory that was meant to be easily user-writable.

On Jun 15, 2008, at 1:34 PM, David Watson wrote:

> According to the mktemp manual page, if there is an existing  
> environmental variable TMPDIR then this will be used along with any  
> specified prefix to generate a template string when the utility is  
> called.
> If the user does not have a TMPDIR environmental variable, then "/ 
> tmp" is used along with the specified prefix.
> On Jun 15, 2008, at 10:33 AM, Charilaos Skiadas wrote:
>> But why is it generating this directory under /var instead of  
>> under /tmp, which seems to me would be the proper place?
>> On Jun 15, 2008, at 11:21 AM, David Watson wrote:
>>> That is normal behavior; the script is generating a temporary  
>>> directory in order to do its work.
>>> On Jun 15, 2008, at 10:12 AM, Jan Anderssen wrote:
>>>> i also noticed that one of the environment variables that's set  
>>>> here is:
>>>> TMPDIR=/var/folders/Er/ErMXeTzaFxyj9Nbt1EHATk+++TM/-Tmp-/
>>>> i have no idea where that's coming from - presumably from the  
>>>> operating system - but it seems to be missing for you. maybe  
>>>> that's something that could lead somewhere?
>> Haris Skiadas
>> Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
>> Hanover College

Haris Skiadas
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Hanover College

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