Possibility of adding -aux-directory flag to TeXLive (similar to MikTeX's option)

Collins, John C jcc8 at psu.edu
Tue Jun 4 02:17:59 CEST 2019

Also, it's worth having a look at the latest distribution of latexmk.  It 
includes a configuration file fix-aux.latexmkrc that shows how to configure 
latexmk to support the -aux-directory option even when the underlying engine 
doesn't.  It even reproduces certain strange quirks of MiKTeX's implementation.

John Collins

On 6/3/19 7:29 PM, Karl Berry wrote:
>      The ‘--aux-directory’ is a convenient flag
> I'm sorry, but I am just not enthused about supporting this at the
> engine level. It seems to me that anything that wants to control where
> files end up is better using any of the zillions of front-end scripts
> that do or can offer the feature. It seems pretty easy to me for a
> script like latexmk to use -output-directory and then mv the final .pdf
> (or .dvi) back to the main directory if that's what the user wants. It
> is nowhere near as easy or reliable or secure to implement all that in
> every engine for every os.
> Also sorry, but I'm not convinced by your links that there is a problem
> that should be fixed, or that there is a general problem with
> \include. Clearly -aux-directory would be a convenience for some users,
> but whether the convenience outweighs the complications is another
> question. --best, karl.

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