[Rd] Problem with texi2pdf(..,clean=TRUE)

cstrato cstrato at aon.at
Fri Aug 30 21:55:14 CEST 2013

Dear Henrik,

Below is the 'QAReport.Rnw' file which I use on my Mac to reproduce your 
problem. Maybe this will help others to reproduce this problem, too.

Best regards,

---- begin QAReport.Rnw ----




\title{Quality Report}
\date{October, 2011}
\author{Christian Stratowa}



  This is the quality assessment report for the dataset 'My Dataset'. 
The dataset consists of
  6 Affymetrix GeneChip arrays of type 'Test3'. \\

  This report was generated using function \Rfunction{xpsQAReport} of 
package \xps. \\


  The current quality report for dataset 'My Dataset' displays the most 
important quality plots, using the
  default settings for most plots. Package \xps\ contains additional 
plots which can be used for further
  quality assessments. \\

\section*{Session Information:}



---- end QAReport.Rnw ----

On 8/30/13 9:46 PM, Henrik Bengtsson wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 12:40 PM, Marc Schwartz <marc_schwartz at me.com> wrote:
>> On Aug 30, 2013, at 2:20 PM, Henrik Bengtsson <hb at biostat.ucsf.edu> wrote:
>>> On Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 12:14 PM, Duncan Murdoch
>>> <murdoch.duncan at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> On 30/08/2013 3:09 PM, Marc Schwartz wrote:
>>>>> On Aug 30, 2013, at 2:00 PM, cstrato <cstrato at aon.at> wrote:
>>>>>> Dear all,
>>>>>> To create a *.pdf file from a *.Rnw file I do:
>>>>>>      olddir <- getwd();
>>>>>>      setwd(outdir);
>>>>>>      tryCatch({Sweave("QAReport.Rnw");
>>>>>>                tools::texi2pdf("QAReport.tex", clean=TRUE)
>>>>>>               },
>>>>>>               finally = setwd(olddir)
>>>>>>              );
>>>>>> This works fine, however 'clean=TRUE' does only work when:
>>>>>>     outdir <- "Test/inst/doc/"
>>>>>> but does not remove the files *.aux, *.log, *.toc when:
>>>>>>     outdir <- "Test/"
>>>>>> Why does function texi2pdf() require the directory structure for
>>>>>> vignettes for the deletion of interim files?
>>>>>> (The help file?texi2pdf does not mention that this structure is
>>>>>> necessary.)
>>>>>> Best regards
>>>>>> Christian
>>>>> In the Details section of ?texi2pdf, there is:
>>>>> "Despite the name, this is used in R to compile LaTeX files, specifically
>>>>> those generated from vignettes."
>>>>> Since it is intended specifically for package vignettes, the path
>>>>> requirement should not be a surprise. :-)
>>>> There is no path requirement.  Christian was incorrect in his diagnosis.
>>>> texi2pdf won't delete files that existed before it was run, whether or not
>>>> they were changed during the run.  That's likely what Christian was seeing.
>>> Or, that the cleanup fails if the compilation is too quick, cf.
>>> PR#15394 'texi2dvi(..., clean=TRUE) sometimes too quick for "clean"
>>> (with PATCH)' submitted on July 17, 2013:
>>>   https://bugs.r-project.org/bugzilla3/show_bug.cgi?id=15394
>>> /Henrik
>> Interesting.
>> It is late on a Friday, so perhaps I am short on functioning neurons.
>> If the intent of 'clean = TRUE' is to remove the byproducts of compiling the .PDF file from the source .TEX file, why not just delete the resultant aux|log|tex|dvi files that match the basename of the source .TEX file rather than being dependent upon the time stamp?
> I'm quite sure because it is not easy/impossible to predict which the
> byproducts are.  To catch everything, you'd have to do something
> <basename>.* and that is certainly not safe.
> /Henrik
>> Is there a reason that I am failing to consider for a need to retain these files if older than the current time stamp? Perhaps if the compilation requires multiple cycles of latex processing (eg. the use of longtables, etc.), in which case, one could run texi2pdf(..., clean = FALSE) some number of times, then a final texi2pdf(..., clean = TRUE) when done. I actually have my own shell script that does this when creating Sweave files.
>> Of course, the help file does have the following for the 'clean' argument: ...May not work on some platforms.
>> Thanks,
>> Marc

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