[OS X TeX] Typesetting factor of 2 slower in Leopard

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Wed Jan 21 20:58:56 EST 2009

On Jan 21, 2009, at 7:53 PM, Warren Nagourney wrote:

> I just installed Leopard on my G4 Powerbook and found that  
> typesetting in TeXshop is a factor of two slower than it was under  
> Tiger (10.4.11). I waited until the Spoghtlight indexing was done  
> and verified (using the Activity Monitor) that there was very little  
> else going on when I did the typeset. I also typeset twice in a row;  
> both took about the same time. There was very little disk activity  
> according to the Activity Monitor. After booting, with little else  
> active (and waiting until the disk settled down), it used to take  
> 12-14 seconds to typeset my 245 page manuscript (an unfinished  
> book); now it takes about 28 sec. The processor setting in the  
> preferences (Energy Saving) is set at the highest.
> I thought I might try to reinstall MacTeX. I am using the 2008  
> distribution (MacTeX-2008.mpkg). Do you think that might help?  
> Finally, are there any other pitfalls to using TeXshop with Leopard?
> Thanks very much.
> Warren Nagourney


How did you install MacTeX? The way the path is set up is different in  
Leopard than on prior versions of OS X. If re-installing MacTeX 2008  
isn't an issue I'd recommend doing that.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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