[texworks] back and forth between source tex and pdf?

Stefan Löffler st.loeffler at gmail.com
Mon Nov 23 10:34:46 CET 2009

Hi again,

kap4lin schrieb:
> Thanks Stefan,

Any time :).

>>> Has anyone been able to get a working forward and inverse point
>>> movements between tex and pdf with texworks on Linux (say, Debian)?
>> Yeah, it works nicely out of the box on Ubuntu (Debian based) *IF* you
>> have TeXLive >= 2008. Unfortunately, only TeXLive 2007 is in the
>> repositories (at least for Ubuntu, but I guess it's the same for
>> Debian), which doesn't support the sync feature yet. It's very easy to
>> set up TeXLive 2009, though - just visit http://www.tug.org/texlive/.
>> You can even have it side-by-side with your distro version.
> Great. Now, Ctrl+Click take me from source to pdf, and Right click +
> Jump to Source goes the other way. This is how it is supposed to work,
> right?

Yeah, exactly. In fact, Ctrl+Click should also work in the other
direction (i.e., Ctrl+Click in the pdf should bring you to the
corresponding paragraph in the source). Just in case you want to safe
yourself the trouble of navigating by the context menu.

> One more question:
> Is this texlive 2009 compilable on RedHat EL 5.3 (or 5.4)? I would
> guess that the Texworks is not because it depends on Qt 4.5 whereas
> RHEL has qt 3.x!

I'm not really familiar with RedHat distros (btw: this question is
probably better answered on a TL mailing list, although some of the TL
developers are also around here). Wikipedia [1] tells me it's based on
Fedora, and the TL page [2] tells me Fedora is supported. So I guess you
could give it a try to simply run the installer.
As far as Tw is concerned, only Qt >= 4.3 is supported. Since there have
been extensive changes from 3.x to 4.x, Tw most certainly won't compile
with the 3.x series. However, according to [1], RHEL 5.3 was released in
2009, so Qt 4.x might be available somewhere (if not in some repository
then probably elsewhere on the internet) and most probably could be
compiled, if necessary.
So in principle, my guess is you should be able to get Tw up and running
on RHEL. The question is just, how much effort you want to put into it.

Anyone out there who has more experience with Red Hat than I do?


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux
[2] http://tug.org/texlive/distro.html

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