[OS X TeX] Aquamacs, AucTeX, and preview-latex

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Mon Nov 28 15:09:51 CET 2005

On Nov 28, 2005, at 4:02 AM, Peter Dyballa wrote:

> There were a few lengthy threads about Spotlight not finding TeX  
> related material on Tiger. Once you install the complete YACED  
> (with AUCTeX and preview-latex too, just to test whether these work  
> at least in YACED, I rely on my own installations) with the MDI  
> importer, Spotlight would be able to index TeX related material --  
> if it would search inside an application bundle. Herbert Schulz  
> doubts this ...


I was trying to use the importer alone, without installing YACED. I'm  
not sure how they are tied together.

> I am using locate, on Panther. It's 'database' only gets updated  
> once, and I don't know anything about the contents of the files,  
> but my PowerBook is pretty silent and idle.

I use Macaroni to force the administrative processes. The Locate and  
whatis databases get rebuilt once a week. Locate is how I found  
auctex inside the Aquamacs Emacs.app since the locate database  
doesn't ``respect'' application package boundaries. I'm not sure I  
want Spotlight to start finding things inside .app packages.

> There must be some reason that Aquamacs Emacs searches in ~/Emacs  
> for ELisp files. This is a completely unconventional place. It  
> looks like a mistake done in some customisation where a '/' was  
> forgotten or a newline was input. My Aquamacs Emacs does not work  
> because it loads without any reason code for GNU Emacs 20 so I  
> can't really check how it would behave. All I can tell is that the  
> Japanese Carbon Emacs, which is a parent to Aquamacs Emacs, has  
> AUCTeX and preview-latex in its application bundle. And these  
> internals get loaded!

Ummm... They seem to get loaded in my Aquamacs Emacs. I removed the  
versions I had in /Library/Application Support/Emacs/ and it still is  
there. Now, how do I make it the default mode? That would be my  
principle use for emacs. Actually, I have the same question about Alpha!

> (YACED has nothing in its application bundle, it uses my own  
> installation in /Library/Application Support/Emacs or its own  
> package in the same place.) One problem can be that YACED's AUCTeX  
> and preview-latex are a bit old. At this time a few routines in  
> making, installing, and setting up AUCTeX and preview-latex were a  
> bit 'faulty,' or, to be more precise, were not fit enough to handle  
> spaces in a file's or directory's name, what appears in Mac OS  
> quite often. Since a few month these flaws are gone.

I must admit that the incantations necessary to get things to load,  
etc., in emacs has been a great turn off for me. I don't mind  
learning something new (we all had the learning curve for (La)TeX)  
but it really feels like magic things have to be done to get emacs to  

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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