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Re: [AUCTeX] installation of emacs+auctex did not work

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: [AUCTeX] installation of emacs+auctex did not work
Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2006 16:10:11 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Brian Bucher <address@hidden> writes:

> I am (after many tries with other methods) using the method found in
> the RELEASE-2006-03-09.txt file found from

Well, it's the same old "if all else fails, read the instructions".  I
don't think that we are to blame if you prefer trying many other
methods before.

> "In this distribution AUCTeX and its preview-latex subsystem are
> already activated, i.e. it will be loaded and used automatically
> once you open a LaTeX file or any other file type supported by
> AUCTeX.  Therefore you don't have to cater for this yourself, can
> skip the respective parts of the manual, and look for configuration
> options.  You will probably want to activate parsing as described on
> the first page of AUCTeX's manual."
> I open up a very short test001.tex file, and emacs loads the files
> that bring up the Preview and LaTeX menus along with the TeX button.
> I run latex via C-c C-c
> LaTeX: successfully formatted (1) page.
> I run Preview -> for Document  and get this:
> --------------------------------
> Running `Preview-LaTeX' on `test001' with ``latex "&prv_test001" test001.tex''
> This is e-TeX, Version 3.141592-2.2 (MiKTeX 2.4)
> entering extended mode
> (test001.tex
> LaTeX2e <2003/12/01>
> Babel <v3.8g> and hyphenation patterns for english, dumylang, nohyphenation, 
> ge
> rman, ngerman, french, loaded.
> CUSTOMISED FORMAT. Preloaded files:
>         .
>  test001.tex
>  article.cls    2004/02/16 v1.4f Standard LaTeX document class
>   size10.clo    2004/02/16 v1.4f Standard LaTeX file (size option)
>         .
> (test001.aux) (C:\localtexmf\tex\latex\preview\preview.sty
> (C:\localtexmf\tex\latex\preview\prtightpage.def)
> (C:\localtexmf\tex\latex\preview\prauctex.def
> No auxiliary output files.
> (C:\localtexmf\tex\latex\preview\prauctex.cfg))
> (C:\localtexmf\tex\latex\preview\prfootnotes.def)
> Preview: Fontsize 10pt
> ) )
> No pages of output.
> Transcript written on test001.log.
> Preview-LaTeX finished with nothing to show at Sat Apr 22 09:46:21
> LaTeX: LaTeX found no preview images
> ----------------------------------
> I've had enough of trying to muddle my way through with each hour
> giving only a small step forward, so I'd appreciate any help anyone
> can give.

The Preview is for running preview-latex, not for starting a page
previewer.  preview-latex only previews selected material, like
$\sum_{\nu=0}^{n-1} k^\nu = (k^n-1)/(k-1)$ right in the buffer.

Use the Command/View or Command/Quick View entry to get an external
page previewer.

I recommend that you read the introductory sections of the
preview-latex manual (which is accessible from the Preview menu)
and/or AUCTeX (which is accessible from the LaTeX menu).

It's all very nice complaining about the dead ends you have been
taking because of ignoring the documentation delivered written by the
AUCTeX team, but there is not really much we can do about that.  It
won't help if we put "READ THE DOCUMENTATION!" in flaming red letters
into the documentation.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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