[OS X TeX] "Texify"?

Joachim Kock jkock at start.no
Fri Sep 30 09:38:53 CEST 2005

> Is there a command on TeXShop which automatically executes the
> sequence: latex + bibtex + latex + latex?

Alpha offers some alternative approaches:

One is to turn AutoNextAction on (in the tetexComm prefs pane).  Then
automatically the exact required sequence of tex runs and bibtex runs will
be executed (not just some fixed sequence long enough to cover most cases).
This works by scanning the log file (this takes less than 0.1 second):
certainly this file contains the exact instructions on what needs to be
done next, e.g. labels-may-have-changed --> run-tex-again or
Citation-foo-undefined --> run-bibtex.

If AutoNextAction is turned off, this does not happen automatically, but
still the log scanning takes place, and it will automatically bind the
space key to NextAction, so that you can just sit and press the space bar
without having to think.  (After an error-free tex run, NextAction is of 
course View.)

Finally, during a tex run you can always press 't' or 'b' to enforce a
repeated tex run or a bibtex run.  (This feature was copied from OzTeX.)


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