[OS X TeX] Dropbox

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sat Jul 1 17:36:20 CEST 2017

> On Jul 1, 2017, at 8:28 AM, Simon Spiegel <simon at simifilm.ch> wrote:
>> On 1 Jul 2017, at 16:01, George Gratzer <gratzer at me.com> wrote:
>> I have been corresponding with Richard Koch about TeXShop and Dropbox.
>> I reported to him that TeXShop often crashes when typesetting. 
>> He asked whether my files are in Dropbox. They are.
>> He explained that this may be the cause for my crashes.
>> I moved the files out of Dropbox, and the crashes stopped.
>> Then I used Dropboxtool (a free utility from  MacUpdate)
>> to add a symlink from the TeX files to Dropbox, so Dropbox keeps on
>> securing my files.
>> So far, so good. No crashes, files secured.
>> I would like to hear if anybody else is using this technique,
>> and whether this stops the crashes, as it did for me.
> That’s interesting. I use Dropbox and I’ve seen a lot of crashes with TeXShop lately. I’ll definitely try your setup. What I don’t get – these crashes are a fairly new thing. I see this on a document which I’ve been working on for more than three years. And the crashes definitely are something which started to happen during the last half year. So I wonder what changed.
> Simon


I'm quite sure DropBox changed. I could easily be that DropBox is synching files in such a way that it interferes with the writing of files by other programs at the ``same time.''

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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