[OS X TeX] !TEX root

Herbert Schulz herbs2 at mac.com
Sat Jul 15 20:10:22 EDT 2023

> On Jul 15, 2023, at 5:14 PM, Nitecki, Zbigniew H. <Zbigniew.Nitecki at tufts.edu> wrote:
> I’m simultaneously working on two projects.  One is a book-length project while the other is a single, short article. 
> For each one, I have a root file and then separate files for individual chapters (resp sections).
> I’ve been using method described in section 2.4 of the TexShop Tips and Tricks file for a long time on the book project, but am puzzled by a different behavior by the (very recent) article project. 
> Setup:
> The root file for the book project, Couer.tex,  is in a Dropbox folder  Books->Couer. The chapter files are also all in this folder. The first line of each reads
> % !TEX root = Coeur.tex
> and the root file calls them via an \input{filename} command.
> The root file for the article, SpaceFillCurve.tex, is in a different Dropbox folder, MyPapers->SpaceFill, and the section files (so far, just one) are in that folder. The first line of each reads
> % !TEX root = SpaceFillCurve.tex
> and the root file calls them via an \include{filename} command (I wanted to see how the include option works).
> The style files I am using are in a texmf folder in my Library.
> Behavior:
> In both cases, a command-T on the root file or the output file results in typesetting.
> In the (older) book project, if I am displaying an individual chapter source file and I click either command-T or the “typeset” button the whole thing typesets.
> In the new article project when I do this nothing happens, unless I am in the root file.
> I should mention, if it is relevant, that I have root/source/output/console files for both projects open simultaneously.
> Any suggestions where to look for a fix?  It is relevant if I want, for example, to do bibtex or makeindex.
> Zbigniew Nitecki
> Professor Emeritus
> Department of Mathematics
> Tufts University
> Medford, MA 02155
> telephones:
> Dept.    (617)627-3234
> Dept. fax    (617)627-3966
> http://www.tufts.edu/~znitecki/


What happens if you copy the DropBox folder to the your conputer? Does everything work as expected? What happens if you create a symbolic link to the DropBox folders on your computer? I guess I don't trust DropBox since I've heard of strange things happening.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
herbs2 at mac.com

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