[OS X TeX] Spaces in the filename

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Tue Nov 24 09:50:14 EST 2009

On Nov 24, 2009, at 8:45 AM, Themis Matsoukas wrote:

> On Nov 24, 2009, at 6:57 AM, Josep Maria Font wrote:
>> I know that it is not recommended to put spaces in filenames, although  
>> TeXShop is now able to cope with them. Generally speaking. Recently I  
>> received a file from a colleague with a space in its name, and without  
>> noticing this I successfully typeset it... but synchronization was not  
>> working. Intrigued with this, I finally noticed that the  
>> created .synctex.gz file had been named "file name.synctex".gz,  
>> including the space and the quotation marks. I then removed the space  
>> and everything was fine.
> Yes,  I have noticed the same behavior. It was extremely frustrating (lots of blind spots in synchronization) until I realized it is the space in the  file name that causes this behavior (texlive 2008+TS 2.26). 
> On Nov 24, 2009, at 9:10 AM, Herbert Schulz wrote:
>> The latest MacTeX-2009 (and I think 2008 too) along with the latest TeXShop 2.8 (only comes with MacTeX-2009 right now and has a synctex bug on PPC systems---TeXShop 2.29, with this fixed, should be out shortly) doesn't have this problem with the syntex.gz file.
> Good to hear that this will be fixed in the next release of TS. 
> Themis 


I know that there has been a large effort to have the TeX distribution allow file names with spaces but, unfortunately, the distribution is so large that little annoyances seem to pop up ans it is a patchwork of fixes. The easiest thing is to just avoid the spaces! I've used things like MyFile.tex and that seems to work for me.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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