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As I am considering using -output-directory=<some/path> to reduce clutter in my working directory, I am wondering what are the known problems with this approach.

The ones I am aware of are:

  • pdf file needs to be copied back
  • synctex won't work unless the appropriate files are copied back to the working directory.

Are there others?

In composing my earlier question Access value of -output-directory, I came across output-directory and shell commands which seems to imply that there is an issue with using gnuplot. As that question was only answered by the OP I am not sure if there is an easy fix to that problem.

  • Just a comment. If you are using MiKTeX, you can also specify a directory for auxiliary files by using the -aux-directory argument. – Ondrian Feb 20 '16 at 11:50
  • The Trash AUX Files (at least in TeXShop) won't work as the aux files are no longer in the same directory as the .tex. – Peter Grill May 29 '16 at 23:27
  • I tried with MacOS and Python but I can't specify the right path.. any clue? ---> tex.stackexchange.com/questions/468278/… – DaniPaniz Jan 2 at 16:41

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