[texhax] listmacros?

Nitecki, Zbigniew H. Zbigniew.Nitecki at tufts.edu
Mon Jun 20 14:32:41 CEST 2011

cmdtrack was suggested to me also by Dragan Blagojevic.  It works beautifully on \newcommands defined in the body of the tex source file.
However (not surprisingly) it does not do anything with \newcommands defined in .sty files called by the source.  This is really where it would
be useful;  the few commands I define in the body of my paper make no difference as far as space is concerned, but my custom .sty files are really
very big, and I use a relatively small portion of them in any given paper.

I am a total novice (and one fearful of screwing up) when it comes to script and such.  If I want to use the script suggested below by Michael Doob,
what do I do with it (ie, where do I put it, and what incantations do I need in the terminal?  I am most used to GUI interfaces, in particular I use TeXShop
for processing my (la)tex files.

Thanks for the advice, though.

Zbigniew Nitecki
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Tufts University
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On Jun 20, 2011, at 7:42, Uwe Lueck wrote:

"Michael Doob" <mdoob at ccu.umanitoba.ca<mailto:mdoob at ccu.umanitoba.ca>> wrote 30.05.2011 20:33:41:
On Monday 30 May 2011 1:23 pm, Nitecki, Zbigniew H. wrote:
I suspect the following does not exist, but wonder if it does or if some expert might suggest how to make it.

Background: I have a pair of huge files containing many personally designed macros,
which I used extensively in writing two books, and now use almost reflexively.
When I write a relatively short paper in latex, I can of course append the two files to the paper
when I send it out, but often I use a very small subset of the macros in these files.

So I wonder if there is a command similar to the "listfiles" command
(which lists the files used when compiling a document) but listing the macros used---either identified by package,
or even better, providing a list of \newcommand's defining them.
That way I could create a far smaller macro list custom designed for the paper at hand, and use it in place of the two
large files when submitting a paper for publication or for the ArXiv.

Maybe Michael Downes' cmdtrack is what you need?


-- found looking for something different.

HTH -- Uwe.

This problem comes up all the time. I wish authors were as conscientious as you are.
I almost hesitate to add what follows: it is a hack that I wrote for office use only,
so please don't get mad at me for being so sloppy. I think it will do the job for you.


gawk '
function isaletter(s){
r = index("abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ", s)
return r
inline = $0
inline = inline " %" # append blank as possible terminator
while (1) # find control words in inline
ptr = index(inline, "\\")
if (ptr == 0) break;
if ( index(inline, "%") < ptr) break # found a comment marker
inline = substr(inline,ptr); # throw away everything in front of \
# now make ptr point to the last character in the control word
if (isaletter(substr(inline, ptr,1)))
while(isaletter(substr(inline, ptr,1))) ptr++
print substr(inline,1,ptr);
inline = substr(inline, ptr+1);
} ' $* | sort | uniq -c | sort -n

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