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Re: [AUCTeX] Option for using dvipdfm?

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: [AUCTeX] Option for using dvipdfm?
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2005 09:12:19 +0200
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Rajneesh Hegde <address@hidden> writes:

> Am I missing something, or is pdf(la)tex the only option for
> creating pdf output (from inside AucTeX)? Thinking that it is, and
> wanting to be able to invoke dvipdfm, I made some small changes that
> worked for me, so I thought I'd suggest the following:
> 1. 'TeX-PDF-mode', instead of just being allowed 'nil' and 't'
> values, should be allowed values like 'pdftex', 'dvipdfm' (or your
> favorite pdf driver).

Not a good idea, since minor modes are either on or off (and indicated
in the mode line).  One should rather have a way to configure PDF mode.

> 2. If the value above is 'pdftex', then the C-c C-c should invoke
> pdf(la)tex (as it does now when pdf mode is on) but when the value
> is 'dvipdfm', C-c C-c should invoke (la)tex to produce dvi
> output. But in that case the "File" command, instead of running
> dvips, should run dvipdfm.
> Let me know if this makes sense (or if the option's already there in
> AucTeX.)

It makes sense, but we currently don't have a good frame work where
this would fit into without pains.  Already the solution for
compile/view of code including PostScript is quite ugly, and hells on
wheels to configure.  We need to come up with something better
eventually, and I doubt that fitting dvipdfm into the already strained
frame work before we do is a good idea.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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