[OS X TeX] Optimal Solution for an asymptotemk engine

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Mon Apr 12 15:10:23 CEST 2010

On Apr 12, 2010, at 7:51 AM, Martin Costabel wrote:

> 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...
> -- 
> Martin


Thanks, this is very interesting. I wish it would be easier to compile on OS X. Please continue to let us know what you find out.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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