[OS X TeX] Sysquake for LaTeX (and TeXShop)

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sun Apr 5 15:16:34 CEST 2009

On Apr 5, 2009, at 1:36 AM, Peter Pagin wrote:

> Thanks Herb,
> 5 apr 2009 kl. 00.52 skrev Herbert Schulz:
>> On Apr 4, 2009, at 5:15 PM, Peter Pagin wrote:
>>> Thanks,
>>> but the log says 'entering extended mode', which I thought reports  
>>> that the shell-escape option has been used, or am I wrong?
>>> Peter
>> Howdy,
>> No, that message is about using an etex (extended tex) mode which  
>> extends the number of counters, etc., to capacity of memory. The  
>> message that says that shell escape is enabled is
>> \write18 enabled.
>> and would appear before the extended mode message.
> I actually knew this before, but managed to get things mixed up.  
> Thanks a lot for clearing it up for me.
> This brought my attention to the first log line 'unrecognized option  
> --shell escape--synctex=1'. The option came from the TexShop engine  
> preferences for pdflatex. I then deleted '--synctex=1', to see what  
> would happen, and what happened was that the log reported '\write18  
> enabled' and that Sysquake for LaTeX started working. Absolutely  
> great!
> Then I was worried that there is maybe something else wrong with my  
> installation, since the synctex option doesn't work. I looked  
> through old mails on the list about synctex=1. This led me to try  
> out some variations, including putting in a space betwee '--shell  
> escape' and '--synctex=1'. Now this works as well. Take away the  
> space, and the problem is back.
> Since the preference is, or at one time was, a TeXShop default (I  
> don't think I had meddled with it before), maybe others have the  
> same problem.
> Many thanks again, to Herb, Michael and Alain.
> Best,
> Peter


Did you really copy and paste those options? There is a missing hyphen  
and space in what you write out. It should be

--shell-escape --synctex=1

with a hyphen between shell and escape and a space between the escape  
and the --synctex=1. If you are not using MacTeX 2008 you will get an  
``unrecognized option --synctex=1'' since synctex is a feature of  
pdftex that first appeared in MacTeX 2008.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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