[OS X TeX] Skim SKAutoReloadFileUpdate

Enrico Franconi franconi at inf.unibz.it
Thu Dec 18 23:13:35 CET 2008

On 18 Dec 2008, at 17:09, Adam R. Maxwell wrote:

> Depends on how clever you want to be :).  The trivial way is to test  
> the exit value of the process and see if it's zero (success) or  
> anything else (failure).  Practically, you probably wouldn't like  
> that, since TeX returns nonzero pretty frequently, even though it  
> created a usable PDF.  You could count the number of error: lines it  
> spits out, but that might get hairy.
> The easiest solution is probably a compromise: wait until all of  
> your tex/bibtex/index processes are done, then try to reload the  
> file.  That eliminates the race condition, so you're left with  
> potentially trying to open a garbage file.

And how this behaviour would be *in practice* better than a potential  
rare crash of Skim that by the way I (nor other users, apparently)  
never had in a continuous use of Skim?
So, it seems to me that the auto feature is the best compromise to  
have a smooth workflow.


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