[tex-live] kpsewhich uses huge amount of memory and CPU

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Tue Mar 20 14:43:16 CET 2012

On Mar 20, 2012, at 4:05 AM, Jörg Frauendiener wrote:

> Hi all,
> I am wondering if anyone else has this issue: I am on Mac OSX 10.7 with TexLive 2011. For some time now when TeX-Live-Utility updates the setup I get a process which uses a huge amount of memory (6 GB and more) and 100% CPU. It looks like it is the kpsewhich command which is the cause of this. The last entry in the log file is from fmtutil-sys. My MBP cloggs up and I have to kill the process. So I am wondering what to do with this problem?
> Anyone knows?
> Cheers, Jorg


Just for the record I'm not experiencing this with OS X 10.7.3 and TeX Live Utility 0.96 (distributed with MacTeX-2011 along with TL2011).

Have you changed paths or any TeX Live variables? Do you have lots of files and directory depth in your personal texmf tree?

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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