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Using TeXShop, I'd like to create a script that lets me specify the extensions (e.g. .aux, .log ecc..) whose corresponding files should be put in a separate directory.

I frequently have 20+ files in the folder of the project I'm currently working on, ~15 of which are auxiliary files, and I'd like to find a way to tidy things up. Is this possible to do?

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    The folder I use for testing examples on this site currently has 2474 log files, occasionally I delete them, but why do they cause problems? As explained at the link above you can configure tex to write aux files to a subdirectory, although personally I don't recommend it, it complicates all other processing. – David Carlisle Mar 22 at 18:24
  • See for example tex.stackexchange.com/q/7265/35864. Questions on this site indicate that the idea of a 'build' subdirectory is attractive to some, but ultimately causes more issues than it is worth. Auxiliary programs like BibTeX/Biber, makeindex and friends need to be (re)configured to know about the build folder since they won't find the necessary files otherwise. If you stick to a clean folder set-up with one project per directory, the number of aux files is usually acceptable (even though the ratio of aux to input files may be skewed towards the aux files). – moewe Mar 23 at 7:49

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