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

Jung-Tsung Shen jushen at gmail.com
Fri Dec 20 16:49:20 CET 2013

On Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 9:38 AM, Herbert Schulz <herbs at wideopenwest.com>wrote:

> 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
> Howdy,
> 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)

Thanks for the reply. I was using an old version of Dropbox but upgraded
just now after seeing your message. Still, Dropbox starts syncing as soon
as I press cmd + t. I certainly did not mean there's problems with ladexmk;
nonetheless, is it possible to put a script in the latexmk engine to tell
Dropbox to sync only after everything is done? I am using TeXShop.


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