# [TxMt] Re: new MacTeX beta in TextMate

Adam R. Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Fri Aug 15 17:13:12 UTC 2008

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On Friday, August 15, 2008, at 09:49AM, "Charilaos Skiadas" <cskiadas at gmail.com> wrote:

>On a related note, we've been having an off-list discussion as to
>whether we should have a preference setting to allow the user to say
>"I know synctex is cool and all that, but I just don't want it used".
>Would that be something people would want? Currently if your tex
>engine supports synctex, it will be used no matter what. With pdfsync
>this was less of an issue, since you have to specify the \include
>{pdfsync} statement, hence the user had a chance to turn it on and
>off, should they wish to. In the case of pdfsync it was also more
>critical, since there were slight layout changes when it was used. My
>understanding is that this is not the case for synctex, which makes
>it less clear whether it would still be useful for users to disable
>it. Hence the reason for this email, to get people's views on the
>matter.

You can explicitly enable synctex in a TeX source file with \synctex=1, so requiring that would be possible; I prefer enabling it via the command line, since that allows easy sharing of .tex files with collaborators using older TeX systems.  Personally, I don't care to have it disabled, and the only reason I can see for disabling it is to avoid creating the synctex file (which isn't much of a reason, given all the other temporary files that LaTeX et al. create).

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