[OS X TeX] aux files

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Sun Feb 20 17:12:47 CET 2005

On 20 Feb 2005, at 3:30 pm, nachman wrote:

> Folks,
> This is probably an OS X question.  On occasion, using XeLateX to make 
> text for slides for Keynote, TeXShop has a problem and runs off the 
> deep end, generating a masssive log file.  OK, I can live with this.  
> But after forcing TeXShop to quit I sometimes have a log file that 
> fills up half my hard disk.  Trashing the file is possible, but 
> emptying the trash is not.  Even after quitting TeXShop I get a "in 
> use"  error message.  How do I get rid of those files without a 
> complete reboot?

It's not TeXShop itself that is creating the log file, it's the 
xe(la)tex process. That may explain why after force-quitting TeXShop 
you can't actually delete the log file. It might be better to use 
/Applications/Utilities/Activity Monitor (or the "kill" command in a 
Terminal window) to locate and kill the xelatex process if you get in 
such a loop.

As for the underlying cause, this sounds like it's probably caused by 
the XeTeX "[][][][][][]...." bug, which has been discussed on the XeTeX 
mailing list a few months back. This will be fixed in the next release 
of XeTeX, but for now it can be avoided by ensuring that the 
extra_mem_bot setting in texmf.cnf is zero for the xetex/xelatex 
engines. See the first item at:
for more information.

(If that's *not* the problem that's leading to the massive logs, then 
I'd like to know more about this particular case, as it could be a 
separate bug that I don't yet know about.)



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