[tex-live] Slow compilation on a mac

Sara Sinclair Brody scouttle at gmail.com
Sun Apr 1 22:54:49 CEST 2012


Thank you for the reply!

After several weeks without cycles to pursue debugging this issue, I
finally settled down to package up a slimmed-down version of my
dissertation to send to you as you so kindly requested.

However, in doing so I seem to have stumbled upon a rather bizarre fix to
my problem: if I copy and paste the directory containing all my
dissertation files, and then run pdflatex on the new copy of the
dissertation, the compilation speed is back up to what I would expect!
 (Going back and running pdflatex on the original copy still results in
painfully slow compilation--- to quantify the pain, suffice it to say that
I get bored waiting for each new line to print out.)

Hopefully this just means that something in the original directory is
corrupted and is slowing the whole thing down---- I'm not sure why or how,
but at this point I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth--- and
that the fresh copy will maintain is quick compilation time.  Given the
size of the project and the number of times I've had to copy the whole
shebang from one machine to another, I suppose it shouldn't be too

I hope that posting this follow-up might be helpful to future readers who
encounter this issue.


On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 7:16 PM, Norbert Preining <preining at logic.at> wrote:

> On Mi, 07 Mär 2012, Sara Sinclair Brody wrote:
> > I'm experiencing some painfully slow compilation time on my Mac.   Pasted
> What is *painfully* slow?
> Can you send the output of
>        tlmgr conf
> please.
> Maybe you have added $HOME to your search path, and kpathsea is now
> searching *ALL* of your home every time it searches for a file,
> *AND* maybe you have it mounted via NFS, and  and and
> Not enough information...
> If you don't mind me looking into the diss, send me the whole
> stuff per personal email and I see if I cna reproduce the problem.
> Best wishes
> Norbert
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