[OS X TeX] synctex

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Wed Aug 26 14:58:14 EDT 2009

On Aug 26, 2009, at 1:16 PM, Themis Matsoukas wrote:

> On Aug 26, 2009, at 9:05 AM, Herbert Schulz wrote:
>> Not quite so simple...
>> You must have MacTeX-2008 (or later) and some preferences in  
>> TeXShop 2.26 (or later) have to be changed: in TeXShop->Preferences- 
>> >Engine you basically need to change the pdfTeX and TeX+dvips 
>> +distiller options to
>> pdfTeX->Tex: pdftex --shell-escape --synctex=1
>> pdfTeX->Latex: pdflatex --shell-escape --synctex=1
>> TeX+dvips+distiller->Tex: simpdftex etex --extratexopts "-synctex=1"
>> TeX+dvips+distiller->Latex: simpdftex latex --extratexopts "- 
>> synctex=1"
>> which tells the engine to produce a jobname.synctex.gz file that  
>> contains all the synchronization information.
> Could you elaborate on the need for these settings? Mine are missing  
> the synctex=1 portions but even so, I do get synchronization using  
> synctex only and I do create a jobname.synctex.gz. Having said that,  
> I'm also encountering syncing problems which some times seem to  
> resolve by restarting texshop.
> My dvips settings also look different but I only use pdflatex.
> Themis


If the jobname.synctex.gz files are being created there must be a -- 
synctex=1 somewhere when you compile; I don't believe that's the  
default behavior of pdftex or that TeXShop is automatically adding  
that option. If all you use is, e.g., pdflatex then the only one that  
need that needs that option set is the pdflatex one.

Are you using MacTeX-2009 ptr-test and not using the pre-release  
TeXShop 2.28 (that came later MacTeX-2009 pre-test)?

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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