[OS X TeX] latexmk + Dropbox (+ Mavericks)

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Fri Dec 20 16:38:40 CET 2013

On Dec 20, 2013, at 9:29 AM, Jung-Tsung Shen <jushen at gmail.com> wrote:

> I recently upgraded the OS of my 2009 MacBook Pro from 10.6.8 to Mavericks, and noticed that Dropbox seems to be always doing excessive syncing when I use latexmk to compile documents -- the syncing starts even before the first round of compilation finishes; the compilation also seems to be slowed down a bit (not sure if this is due to the excessive syncing or due to Mavericks). Is it possible to modify the latexmk engine so that Dropbox only syncs after all rounds of compilations are completed?
> Thanks,
> JT


This sounds more like a DropBox `problem' than anything that has to do with latexmk; latexmk is just typesetting the local copy of the file. I just compiled a 14 page document in one of my DropBox folders that includes quite a few graphics images, etc., and didn't notice any specific slowdown. However I don't have much in my DropBox so syncing goes pretty quickly.

What version of DropBox are you using? I'm at the latest `Stable' version, 2.4.10.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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