[OS X TeX] Long document typesetting problems

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Wed Sep 23 01:07:01 CEST 2009

On Sep 22, 2009, at 6:01 PM, Ross Moore wrote:

> Hi all,
> On 23/09/2009, at 12:52 AM, Themis Matsoukas wrote:
>> When you delete the aux files, pagination after the first  
>> typesetting may change due to missing cross-references (small  
>> changes in one page can move large floats around and cause big  
>> changes overall). This can cause the pdf to display a different  
>> page of the document. Typesetting a second time will restore the  
>> output and will normally bring up the "correct" page.
> The .toc file is usually generated from the .aux contents.
> So deleting the .aux  may also mean that the Table of Contents
> is lost for that first run.  Perhaps also the Lists of Figures
> and Tables, if any.
> This can easily make a difference of 2 or 3 pages in the length
> of the PDF produced. Quite correctly TeXshop's view changes,
> because it synchronises to physical pages, not to the page numbers
> which reset after the front-matter.
> What the author reported is quite normal in a long document, which
> presumably has a Table of Contents and maybe other front-matter.
> A second run should restore these front-matter portions ---
> but any cross-references, especially if hyperlinked, might now
> be wrong because their information was collected when the document
> was 2-3 pages shorter.
> At least a *third* run will be required to fix this.
> Personally I would do a *fourth* run as well, just to be sure.
> ...
> Hope this helps,
> 	Ross


Or use one of the latexmk engines. :-)

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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