I too ran into this problem today, it appears to be a known issue with the python plist parser, not handling dates properly. Brad recently committed a fix that always the command to use the PyObjC parser.
The only downside is that Tiger doesn't come with PyObjC. Your options are to upgrade to Leopard, which includes it. Or install PyObjC, which worked for me, I downloaded an installer from here: http://pythonmac.org/packages/
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On 11/14/07, Oliver Hagmann firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I was recently working on a LaTeX project, when suddenly I got this message at the start of the log window:
"There was a problem reading the preferences file, continuing with defaults"
After it, I get one run with zero errors. I don't think the problem lies in my tex-file, since it used to work fine before. I tried repairing permissions and tried updating my bundles which was to no avail. Anybody out there experiencing the same. I'm using the newest build (1436) of Textmate and check out the whole trunk including all bundles and support folders via svn to /Library/Application\ Support/ TextMate. I'm currently at the newest checkout 8446. I can change the settings in my LaTeX preferences and they stick, so why can't the typeset engine read my preferences?
Thanks for any help Oliver
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