[OS X TeX] Optimal Solution for an asymptotemk engine

Martin Costabel costabel at wanadoo.fr
Mon Apr 12 14:51:40 CEST 2010

Herbert Schulz wrote:
> On Apr 11, 2010, at 5:34 AM, Martin Costabel wrote:
>> Peter Dyballa wrote:
>>> Am 11.04.2010 um 02:48 schrieb Herbert Schulz:
>>>> Enclosed is one some Console Log output and one of the pdftex crash logs.
>>> They look a lot like mine!
>> This happens also on MacOSX 10.5.8 with Fink's asymptote and Fink's texlive. I think this is a bug in asymptote.
>> If you (or some script) run 'asy -f pdf', then asy invokes latex (or pdftex or some other tex engine) in \nonstopmode. Apparently the code asy uses for this chokes on the return code of latex and produces a fake crash report. Nothing actually crashes.
>> -- 
>> Martin
> Howdy,
> Since asy doesn't seem to quit and produces the figures in the end I'm glad to hear that the errors are, in fact, inconsequential.

I had a look at the asy code, and it seems they deliberately stop the 
tex process that is used for producing the figures with the signal 
SIGQUIT, which generates a core dump and/or a crash report. This does 
not look very smart. If one replaces SIGQUIT by SIGINT, no crash report 
is generated, and the program seems to run OK.

Now looking at today's asy version 1.92, which doesn't want to build on 
MacOSX 10.5...


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