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Re: [AUCTeX] preview files conflicting

From: Carlos
Subject: Re: [AUCTeX] preview files conflicting
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:18:56 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.1 (gnu/linux)

Arash Esbati <address@hidden> writes:

>> My question is why was AUCTeX the owner of the files on that directory,
>> why did it write the files in the first place, when texlive-latexextra
>> will install the same files afterwards.
> Those files are an integral part of preview, without them, it will not
> work.  From the manual [1]:
>     6. For advanced users
>     This package consists of two parts: a LaTeX style that splits the
>     output into appropriate parts with one preview object on each page,
>     and an Emacs-lisp part integrating the thing into Emacs (aided by
>     AUCTeX).
>     6.1 The LaTeX style file
>     The main purpose of this package is the extraction of certain
>     environments (most notably displayed formulas) from LaTeX sources as
>     graphics.
> Preview has to install those files somewhere where TeX can find and use
> them, i.e. in a texmf directory.
> Now, some other TeX packages in TeXlive rely on preview.sty,
> e.g. pst-pdf.  Since it is not feasible to tell everybody who wants to
> use pst-pdf to install AUCTeX or extract the relevant files from AUCTeX
> bundle, the TeX part of preview is on CTAN and hence in TeXlive.
> Preview itself has no idea how it will packaged later by TeXlive and/or
> distros.

Thank you for your time with the explanation Arash. Appreciate it.

So this file conflict is unavoidable. 

How many packages depend on preview.sty. Not "everybody" uses pst-pdf.

It'd be nice not to have the so-far-only 'file conflict' on an operating

> Best, Arash
> Footnotes: 
> [1]

You too Arash. Thanks again.

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