[OS X TeX] Some ideas LaTeX on iPad, iPhone, etc.

Josep Maria Font jmfont at ub.edu
Tue Mar 23 10:48:15 CET 2010

El 23/03/2010, a les 00:39, Ramón Figueroa-Centeno va escriure:

> I use DropBox <http://www.dropbox.com> to back up my files,  
> synchronize
> projects between my computers and collaborate. One can even access  
> one's
> files on the iPhone (and logic dictates that the iPad should also  
> have that
> capability). Now, it occurs to me that if one could write a Folder  
> Action or
> a shell script controlled by launchd that calls LaTeX every time tex  
> file
> changes in a folder watched by DropBox then if one makes a change in  
> said
> tex file somewhere else, then shortly one should be able to see the
> resulting pdf.

I don't know how DropBox really works, but I have a question: You  
assume the changed .tex file will be processed by your "home"  
computer. I suppose this is not possible if the machine is in sleep  
mode. I also suppose the "watching folders" activity of DropBox and  
your suggested Folder Action both need the machine not to be in sleep  
mode either. (If the assumptions are wrong, I will be delgihted to  
know). Now, the question is, can one awake the computer when receiving  
"calls" from the DropBox server ? And, for laptops, is this possible  
when they are sleeping and closed (which is how they would probably be  
when you travel and carry only the iPhone or iPad around) ?

The idea is great, anyway!


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