[OS X TeX] how imitate TeXShop's pdflatexmk from command line

Murray Eisenberg murrayeisenberg at gmail.com
Thu Aug 22 18:52:21 CEST 2019

The dead-stop freezes of TeXShop (now version 4.31) under macOS Mojave have become utterly frustrating, making the app nearly impossible to use except as an editor: typically on my book-lenght project I cannot get more than 2 or 3 successive runs of latex without a freeze; and nearly every time a run of pdflatexmk freezes somwhere before, or in, the final pass.

So I have to resort to running on the command line. The typical sequence would be:

pdflatex main
bibtex main
pdflatex main
pdflatex main
makeindex -s main.ist main
pdflatex main

My book has two indexes — an index of names and the main index — along with an index of notation (nomenclature). but I’m not getting any of them in the pdf.

Specifically, I’m using documentclass memoir, (in case that matters) along with packages:

nomencl         (for which I have a nomencl.cfg)

The glossary is supposed to be printed by command


and then the two indexes are supposed to be printed by commands:


After the third run of pdflatex, I have the files:

notation.idx (but empty)

After the run of makeindex, before the final run of pdflatex, I have in addition the file


By contrast, on the rare occasions I can get TeXShop’s pdflatexmk engine to complete all passes, I have also:

main.nlo      (for the index of notation provided by nomencl)

My  platexmkrc file is:

$makeindex = "makeindex -s %R.ist %O -o %D %S”;

How should I modify the manual steps so as to accomplish the same thing as a TeXShop run of the pdflatexmk engine, showing all 3 indexes?

Murray Eisenberg			murrayeisenberg at gmail.com
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