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Is there any way to turn on some sort of progress update for compilation using TikZ? I'm working on the fireworks question on a rather slow machine (ARM chromebook) and starting to have my doubts about whether it's actually doing anything (it just sits there saying (/usr/local/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex/latexconfig/epstopdf-sys.cfg)).

I can write some terminal dump code and probably will, but is there anything off-the-shelf?

marked as duplicate by David Carlisle tikz-pgf Jan 4 '17 at 20:28

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  • you can add \tracingmacros=1 or \tracingall and check that the log is getting bigger (or not looping) but you may want to kill the job, tikz tracingall output can get very big (really really very big:-) – David Carlisle Jan 4 '17 at 20:04
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    @DavidCarlisle I see what you mean: 58kB of pdf, 1.4GB of log with tracingmacros=1. tracingcommands gave a much more reasonable 90MB. My bug was an infinite loop -- expansion to \foreach \x in {0,0,...360} so the log kept growing anyway. Scattergun \messages eventually did the trick. Your comment suggests to me that this is a duplicate of tex.stackexchange.com/q/60491/28808 – Chris H Jan 4 '17 at 20:20