[OS X TeX] Slow MacTeX 2008

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Tue Oct 28 15:25:42 CET 2008

On 28 okt 2008, at 15:17, David B. Thompson, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, CFM  

> On Oct 28, 2008, at 07:00 , Maarten Sneep wrote:
>> time pdflatex sample2e.tex
>> for me this yields: real  0m0.456s; user  0m0.227s; sys  0m0.041s  
>> (on an 2.4 GHz iMac).
>> If your results are similar, then try to see if your particular  
>> latex file is to blame.
> Here's the result:
> Theoden:~ thompson$ time pdflatex sample2e.tex


> real    0m22.090s
> user    0m18.420s
> sys     0m1.098s

That is long, way too long.

>> Hope this gets you started.
>> Report back here what the times above are, and also your $PATH and  
>> the output of
>>   kpsewhich -show-path=tex | tr ':' '\n'
>> in the terminal.
> Here's the kpsewhich output:
> Theoden:~ thompson$ kpsewhich -show-path=tex | tr ':' '\n'

[snip, seems normal enough]

> And my path:
> Theoden:~ thompson$ echo $PATH
> /sw/bin:/sw/sbin:/usr/texbin:/bin:/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/ 
> local/bin::/usr/local/bin:/usr/X11R6/bin

Can you create a new user account, and try again? In addition, set the  
PATH to "/bin:/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/texbin"

> I think I have a pretty simple system. My texmf tree is relatively  
> small and my particular LaTeX file is not complex (it doesn't seem  
> to matter which LaTeX file I use, by the way).

To rule that out, I would suggest you try with a fresh user account.  
We need to activate some debugging flags if that still fails, but  
others know better how to make sense of those (and their output).


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