[OS X TeX] kpsewhich pointing to wrong location?
Michael S. Hanson
mshanson at wesleyan.edu
Sat Jan 20 16:49:10 CET 2007
On Jan 20, 2007, at 4:57 AM, Maarten Sneep wrote:
> I would not use locate for this purpose at all: the locate database is
> updated by periodic weekly (I think), which runs at 4 in the morning,
> if the computer is running (i.e. not asleep or off) at that time.
> Therefore most machines have a terribly out of date locate database,
> and the results can not be trusted, ....
> If you want an up to date locate (and have other maintenance done that
> is normally performed in the middle of the night), you can run sudo
> periodic daily; sudo periodic weekly; sudo periodic monthly. The
> weekly does locate. There is a GUI for this called Janitor.
I don't have the Unix expertise to confirm this claim, but I recall
reading somewhere that the switch from cron to launchd in 10.4.x
largely eliminated this problem -- that the periodic tasks would be run
at the next opportune time if they did not execute on schedule. Fact
(As one data point, I notice that on my home iMac running 10.4.8,
/var/db/locate.database was last updated at 18:25 on Mon, Jan 15. I
don't know if that is "normal" or if some other process spawned an
update, but I didn't do it manually, and the iMac is very rarely not
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