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

Roussanka Loukanova rloukano at stp.lingfil.uu.se
Thu Jan 22 03:42:28 EST 2009

Where can one see the time that the typesetting takes? I can see only 
"LaTeX finished at Thu Jan 22 09:27:22" in the Emacs' "test_file output" 
buffer, and the 1st line of the test_file.log has the starting time 
without seconds (e.g., 22 JAN 2009 09:39)?


On Wed, 21 Jan 2009, Adam M. Goldstein wrote:

> This is odd. I have an intel mac, and typesetting is really fast, and in any 
> case, didn't change when I upgraded to Leopard. How are you typesetting? With 
> TeXShop? I wonder if you can take a minimal document, say, a page long 
> article, and typeset it from the command line? That might narrow the problem 
> down a little, at least. I have no idea what could be causing this and am not 
> a particularly sharp troubleshooter with this sort of thing, but maybe that's 
> a good place to start.
> Are the logs the same in Leopard as in Tiger? Does it seem to be doing 
> anything different?
> mds and mdworker always seem to be doing something on my system, sometimes 
> not using much processing power, sometimes using lots.
> -Adam
> On Jan 21, 2009, at 9:39 PM, Warren Nagourney wrote:
>> When the spotlight programs stopped running, I am back to a 28 second 
>> typeset. Apparently something is different with Leopard, maybe a priority? 
>> (Even my crippled PS3 under Ubuntu typesets the book in 12 seconds).
>> Cheers,
>> Warren N
>> On Jan 21, 2009, at 6:30 PM, Warren Nagourney wrote:
>>> Unfortunately, re-installing MacTeX had no effect. It is even running 
>>> slower (but I have Mail and Activity Monitor running).
>>> Actually, even though the spotlight "dot" is not blinking, mds and 
>>> mdworker are on and this might be what is eating up cpu cycles (I didn't 
>>> notice them before -  they were probably launched by my re-installation). 
>>> I'll wait until they finish.
>>> Cheers,
>>> Warren Nagourney
>>> On Jan 21, 2009, at 5:58 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:
>>>> 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
>>>> Howdy,
>>>> 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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