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Re: PDF breaks emacs (PDF-Tools)

From: Peter Mao
Subject: Re: PDF breaks emacs (PDF-Tools)
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 08:49:02 -0800

Hi Tory,

Tassilo covered everything I would have said anyways.  I was also able to
open your pdf with doc-view under Emacs 24.4 on mac osx system.

"Pdf Tools" only generates pdf's from buffers or regions.  I can't take any
credit for the rest of the magic in Emacs!


On Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 4:02 AM, Tassilo Horn <address@hidden> wrote:

> address@hidden (Tory S. Anderson) writes:
> Hi Tory,
> > I've been giving emacs PDF-Tools (very poorly documented here:
> > a try and have been
> > thoroughly impressed.  For the majority of my needs I'm even willing
> > to switch from the system pdf viewer (the excellent Okular) to this
> > one.
> Huh?  The pdftools.el you've linked has no support for viewing PDFs.
> What it can do is save a buffer or region as a PDF file.  That's all.
> So is it possible that you are actually opening PDF files from within
> emacs and then view them using Emacs' built-in `doc-view-mode'?
> > But then, just when life is getting rosy, my faith is completely
> > undermined by a PDF that not only refuses to open, but causes all of
> > emacs to crash terribly. The daring user of PDF-Tools can try such a
> > file here:
> I've just downloaded and opened that file with Emacs (current Git
> version and also 24.4) and it worked without any problem.
> > I have not identified what causes the problem; other PDFs with image
> > components or side-runners don't seem to be problematic, nor are PDFs
> > of hundreds (even thousands) of pages in length. But if emacs crashes
> > here, I'm not sure where else it may fail. Any suggestions? Otherwise,
> > be warned.
> >
> > Note: by "crash" I mean, utterly and indefinitely freezes without
> > warning or complaint.
> Well, then that's no crash. ;-)
> I guess you did try to hit `C-g' repeatedly to see if that breaks the
> freeze, right?
> Otherwise, it's a bit hard to debug from my side.  I see you use Emacs
> 24.3.  I don't have that available right now but you could try upgrading
> to 24.4 and check if the freeze occurs there, too.
> Bye,
> Tassilo

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