[OS X TeX] SyncTeX question

Ross Moore ross.moore at mq.edu.au
Thu Nov 3 01:44:19 CET 2016

Hi Herb,

On 3 Nov 2016, at 10:58, Herb Schulz <herbs at wideopenwest.com<mailto:herbs at wideopenwest.com>> wrote:


I think the best thing to do is copy the files into a folder and create symlinks in the Dropbox folder of the source files and graphics, etc., but not the aux, etc,, files on one computer.

Will that actually work? Have you tried it?

If the target of the symlink changes, will that cause an update in the Cloud?
The symlink file itself has not changed on disk — if it is a “soft” link via  ln -s
—  so what would trigger DropBox to update and broadcast this to other clients?

If you use a “hard” link — ln   with no option — then I suppose it would
do the right thing for DropBox, as now the file information does update.

Personally I’d be very nervous about putting a symlink in a DropBox folder,
especially one shared with other people.

What if the file is changed by someone else?
Will that then cause my original to be changed, wherever it is on my disk?

Or will the symlink be converted to a link into the cloud?
Then when I make updates to my original, they will not be propogated

Or am I being paranoid?
I’ve just not tried such a scenario, and don’t think I want to.

Good Luck,
Herb Schulz

Dr Ross Moore
Mathematics Dept | Level 2, S2.638 AHH
Macquarie University, NSW 2109, Australia

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