[OS X TeX] TeXShop on Monterey: weird behavior?

William Slough wslough at gmail.com
Sat Mar 12 17:38:57 CET 2022


I must first say that your effort here in supplying a new version for this
unusual (and, hopefully, rare) situation goes above and beyond what any of
us should reasonably expect! Thank you.

I can report that Version 4.70, with the hidden preference
IgnoreStartOnReboot as described in your message, does the trick. Now, when
I perform the 3-step procedure I previously described, the dreaded gray
window does not appear. Indeed, no TeXShop window appears since it does not
restart when the Mac starts up again.

Just to muddy the waters, I wanted to point out one more thing, though. My
3-step procedure was my way of simulating a system-wide panic and reboot,
but this may not be an acceptable substitute. The very first time I tried
this, I set the hidden preference, opened TeXShop 4.70, then restarted the
Mac. At that moment, I got the dreaded brief fan noise which usually
indicates a crash. Upon restarting, I saw that in fact it had crashed!
Moreover, in this first experiment, TeXShop 4.70 reopened on its own with
both the gray and white windows -- and, as before, this required a

A subsequent experiment resulted in the behavior you intended: the machine
restarted and TeXShop did not open. I am calling this a success.

As a point of reference, I am using a 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro with MacOS
12.2.1. Very recently, I had to erase the drive and reinstall MacOS from
scratch, so one might think I have a relatively pristine environment.
Whether or not this is really the case is debatable: when I restored my
account from a TimeMachine backup onto this presumably pristine OS, the
console showed a significant number of crash reports.

Thanks again.

Bill Slough

On Thu, Mar 10, 2022 at 5:16 PM Richard Koch <koch at uoregon.edu> wrote:

> William Slough,
> Although I cannot reproduce your problem, I might be able to fix it. I'm
> preparing a new version of TeXShop with very few changes, but one change
> might help you.  You can download a preliminary version via
> https://pages.uoregon.edu/koch/TeXShop470.zip
> Let me explain.
> If several programs are running on your Mac and you want to quit for the
> night, you can select the menu "Shut Down"
> A dialog appears, and it has a selectable item reading "Reopen windows
> when logging back in." If you select this, then the next time you boot your
> Mac, the programs that were running when you shut down will start running
> again.
> One of my users ran into a problem. He typically opened several projects
> in TeXShop. When the Mac rebooted and TeXShop automatically started, it
> would get into a loop and have to be aborted. But then when it was started
> again, it opened without problems. I could not reproduce this problem.
> However, I added a fix for him. Version 4.70 has a new hidden preference
> item named IgnoreStartOnReboot. By default, this preference has value NO
> and nothing changes. But if you quit TeXShop and then type
> defaults write TeXShop IgnoreStartOnReboot YES
> then when you shut down and ask all your programs to start again on
> reboot, they will all start except TeXShop. You have to start it manually.
> I just checked, and this preference also affects Restart. So if you define
> it to be YES, then when you restart, TeXShop will not restart
> automatically. (The preference does NOT affect adding TeXShop to the list
> of Login Items for a user, so you can still add TeXShop to that list.)
> Thus this preference changes only two things: if you use Restart, or you
> shut down your machine and later restart it, all other programs will start
> again automatically( if you clicked the button on shutdown), but TeXShop
> won't.
> -----------
> Incidentally, I assume that when TeXShop has just a blank window open and
> you quit it, and then later restart TeXShop, the blank window appears
> without that second gray window. So I'm assuming the bug only happens with
> Restart or with shutting down your machine and then booting it up again at
> a later time.
> Dick Koch
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