[OS X TeX] Slow MacTeX 2008

Justin C. Walker justin at mac.com
Tue Oct 28 17:49:37 CET 2008

On Oct 28, 2008, at 08:50 , David B. Thompson, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, CFM  

> On Oct 28, 2008, at 08:01, Herbert Schulz wrote:
>> I did notice that the leading terms in the PATH were /sw/bin which  
>> means that there is some Fink software around. Was there a Fink  
>> teTeX installed? This has lead to all sorts of problems because of  
>> the way fink places its bin directory at the front of the PATH. If  
>> the only Fink software that has been installed is teTeX I'd remove  
>> it and then check your .profile, .bash_profile, etc., to see if  
>> there is anything that loads a config file that sets the profile.
> I'll track this down and test Maarten's suggestions when I return  
> home this evening.
> The desktop is probably 2004 vintage and a number of programs have  
> been on and off that system. I think I used fink at one time to do  
> an octave install, but I've slept since then and don't remember  
> everything. I may have used a tetex install as well.

What is your desktop system (processor, speed)?  And what version of  
Mac OS X are you running?

FWIW, there are tools that can help with this.  I would start with  
"fs_usage", which will print all file-system-related system calls,  
together with the time taken for each, and the file, if any, involved.



Justin C. Walker, Curmudgeon-At-Large
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