Re: [OS X TeX] Non–Recovery from Error

Charlie Ros5e vonHellberg at
Wed Mar 9 17:47:15 CET 2011

On 2011 Mar 07, at 16:56 PM, Charlie Ros5e wrote:

> LaTeX Troopers! 
> I'm running TexShop 2.37 on OS X 10.6.6 and TexShop is misbehaving in a way I've never seen before. As a simple example of the behavior, suppose I forget a $ sign in an in–line expression within Foucault.tex. TexShop shows me the error in a Console window, of course. But, when I correct the error, save the source, and try to compile again, I still get and error albeit a different one:
> 	Runaway argument?
> 	{ 
> 	! File ended while scanning use of \@newl at bel.
> 	<inserted text> 
> 	                \par 
> 	l.19 \begin{document}
> When I look at the project files in Finder, I see the following.
> 		<PastedGraphic-1.png>
> The only way I can recover is to delete all the project files except for Foucault.tex, and then recompile. When I do this, everything is ducky.
> This continues to happen even after I restart my computer, and have only Finder and TexShop running ... plus my widgets, of course, but I've recovered from errors with them running for years.
> Here's a BIG clue: If I start a new, test project even while 'Foucault' is loaded in TextShop, I can make all kinds of errors in the test.tex file, get my error report, fix the errors, and recompile successfully as I've always done before. Clearly, something is hosed in Foucault.tex but I have no idea what it could be.
> Can any of you pass some wisdom my way?
> With many thanks,
> ____________________________________________

Herbert, Josep, Jean, and Ross ... *many* thanks for your help and suggestions! At first I thought the gods were punishing me for some infraction, but you told me my problem is a common one. That's a comfort! Also, the ^⌘A shortcut has made my life *much* easier.

Ross ... your suggestions to examine the .aux file, and to use your "cut" method (what I've known as a "binary search") will be sure to enable me to find my coding problem. I started with the "cut" method, thought I'd isolated the glitch, and then found that I hadn't. Both your methods will take more time than I have right now ... but I'm certainly going to continue them. If I find my problem, I'll post it to the list. If I don't, I'll have learned a bundle anyway, and and for that I'm grateful!

Thanks again!

Charlie Rose
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