[texworks] Alternative location for output PDF files (and, ideally, all non-source files)

Guillaume Cabanac guillaume.cabanac at univ-tlse3.fr
Fri Oct 24 12:15:40 CEST 2014

Hi Philip,

You might wish to give a try to this hack:




> To ensure that I can continue to work on an important project in the event of computer failure, I have the source directory for this projected rooted in my Dropbox directory.  Whilst this works well in both backing up the sources to the cloud and (in the background) downloading them to another computer, a great deal of resources are wasted up backing up the resultant PDF file (50Mb) and a large number (almost 250) of small adjunct files (.aux, .idx, .ind, .toc, .log, .etc) at very frequent intervals (every time I re-compile the sources, which is typically every few minutes).  Is there some way of instructing TeXworks and/or XeTeX (whence copies to two lists) to keep all of these files in an alternative directory that is not itself rooted in the master source directory ?
> Philip Taylor

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