[OS X TeX] TeXShop crashes with iCloud

Glen Helman helmang at wabash.edu
Sun Jul 2 01:56:27 CEST 2017

I’ve started a new thread because this may be an issue different from the problems noted with Dropbox, but I was inspired to note it d because of that discussion.

I’ve experienced repeated but sporadic (segmentation fault) crashes with TeXShop since using the TeXLive 2017 distribution to process files on iCloud. This has happened with two different machines, one whose Desktop and Documents folders are on (or are mirrored to) iCloud and one where this is not the case although the files I process are on the iCloud drive. The crashes tend to happen at the end of a successful TeX run (although they sometimes happen some time, usually a short time, thereafter).

I had used this setup (with the two machines configured as described) for some months without crashes. The crashes began to occur when I started using TeXLive 2017 (initially with the pre-release test version, but now with the version from the MacTeX release). (In case it is relevant, I’ll note that the file where the crashes occur is also one where SyncTeX does not work in either direction.)

There may be workarounds for this; but, frankly, I’m not interested if that involves not using iCloud for the files. The crashes are a minor annoyance given the convenience for me of the iCloud drive. I note that they are occurring only because it seems that the iCloud software should interact with TeXShop in such a way that segmentation faults do not occur.

Glen Helman
Wabash College
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
helmang at wabash.edu<mailto:helmang at wabash.edu>

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