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Re: [tip] org-publish to work with (very) large books

From: Juan Manuel Macías
Subject: Re: [tip] org-publish to work with (very) large books
Date: Thu, 26 May 2022 13:48:55 +0000

Hi Ihor and Christian,

Ihor Radchenko writes:

> Christian Moe <mail@christianmoe.com> writes:
>> Do I understand correctly that the main advantage of this approach (over
>> #+INCLUDE) is the ability to continuously update preview of the whole
>> book with latexmk -pvc even if you only re-export one chapter from
>> Org-mode?
> I am not sure why Juan did not use include. Include would not require
> LaTeX to re-compile unchanged files. See
> https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/246/when-should-i-use-input-vs-include
>> I couldn't find the :body-only publishing option in the docs ...?
> See [[info:org#The Export Dispatcher][org#The Export Dispatcher]]
> Best,
> Ihor

Sorry for not explaining the \input part in more detail. I think the
essential part here is that all the .tex files (the subdocuments) are
already created by org-publish before I compile the master document. The
master document simply stores all the subdocuments: I use
\input{subdocument.tex} instead of the org #+INCLUDE directive (not the
LaTeX \include command). The master document calls ready-made TeX files,
not Org files. And it is independent of the whole org-publish process,
which is responsible for creating only the parts of the book. This
procedure, apart from being able to compile parts of the book in real
time with latexmk -pvc, allows me to have more control over these parts.
But it makes more sense to use it when dealing with very long books. The
first time I used it was in a book of more than 1000 pages :-)

The skeleton of the process is that subdocuments are produced with
org-publish (as uncompiled tex files) and the master document is
exported to tex from org and then compiled with latexmk inside /tex

Best regards,

Juan Manuel 

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