[texworks] inconsistens because of help-files?

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Sun Aug 21 01:19:58 CEST 2011

On 2011-08-20 at 23:42:07 +0100, sigmundv at gmail.com wrote:

 > On Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 23:03, Herbert Schulz <herbs at wideopenwest.com>wrote:
 > >
 > > Using pdflatex doesn't change the necessity for using bibtex (or, possibly
 > > biber when using the biblatex package) and/or makeindex/xindy when you have
 > > bibliographies or indexes to generate.
 > That's right - I forgot to take those situations into account. 

You also forgot that LaTeX *always* needs several runs in order to
create a TOC.

 > And that's why some people use makefiles
 > <http://code.google.com/p/latex-makefile/>. On Windows batch
 > scripts could be used. I don't see the reason to involve Perl in
 > the compiling of a tex file (having said that I acknowledge that
 > the makefile I linked to above uses sed...).

The mentioned makefile requires standard Unix utilities, which are not
available on Windows, and Windows batch files work on Windows only,
if at all.  Perl is portable and latexmk works on all platforms
supported by TeX Live.

Furthermore, LaTeX writes a hint to the log file telling you whether
an additional run is needed.  It makes sense to evaluate this hint.
This can be done in Perl without much effort.  I'm looking forward to
see this implemented in an MS-DOG batch file.


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