[OS X TeX] OT: PDF display problems

Christian Heine christian at geosci.usyd.edu.au
Wed Aug 17 01:27:22 CEST 2005

Hi Bruno, all,
thanks for the comments.

On 15/08/2005, at 8:08 PM, Bruno Voisin wrote:
> BTW, the URL seems to be <ftp://ftp.geosci.usyd.edu.au/pub/ 
> christian/PDFproblems/>. It doesn't open in the Finder (using  
> Connect to Server Cmd-K), only in Fetch; moreover, the presence of  
> the OS X file .DS_Store in the directory confuses Fetch, so that  
> the files inside the directory have to be downloaded one by one.
Sorry about the wrong ftp URL, guys! Mixed it up with our web address.


> The problem I experience is all spaces replaced by another  
> character: sometimes "&", sometimes "(", etc. This is still  
> happening now, and apparently randomly. Vanishes when you refresh  
> the preview (or close the previewing window, then re-open it).
I experienced that at some stage too.

> I can't see what can be done, really. Maybe reporting to Apple, and  
> hoping they consider it significant enough to finally fix it. But  
> given the bug seems random, I'm feeling pessimistic.
Agreed... And indeed it is quite random. This morning I had problems  
opening a PDF from the web, viewing it after downloading with Preview  
and BibDesk was perfectly fine.

> My only clue would be that it seems the bug shows up when I'm doing  
> things very fast: switching windows, entering a command, opening a  
> file, etc. Maybe a bad interaction with Spotlight (running in the  
> background every time output is produced), which would take over  
> and interrupt the PDF previewing flow.
Yes, you might be right there. We're using my machine for numerical  
modelling for our workgroup, so when a couple of models are run by  
other users heavy processor load might also influence the PDF  
previewing. Although with 8GB RAM this shouldn't worry too much. Will  
have a look into that.


Christian Heine
ph.d. student

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                     |    Institute of Marine Science
                     |    Sydney, Australia

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