I've been using TextMate for years and I'm productive and happy with it. However, I like to try other editors from time to time to see if I'm missing anything. Recently I spent some time learning Vim and I discovered a few things that I particularly liked.
1) Split windows -- not the kind of split windows you normally get in Mac applications, but the Vim style ones. In Vim you can easily navigate from the keyboard to your different splits and choose what files to display in each. Additionally, you don't have to reach for your mouse to create a split. When you split, Vim divides the space up for you which is what you want most of the time. I found that it is very handy when needing to view more than 1 file at a time, which in my case is most of the time. Closing splits is about as easy as they are to create -- all from the keyboard. Multiple windows isn't really the same thing because they are slow to setup and tear down.
2) Selective multifile grep -- in Vim you can use a regular expression to open a set of files, and then just grep across the open files.
3) Don't need arrow keys -- after years of editing with the mouse; I find it painful to reach for it. It hurts my right shoulder and shoulder blade. It even hurts to have to move my hand down to the arrow keys. However, in Vim it is easy to keep your hands resting on your keyboard with your shoulders relaxed. No reaching for the mouse or arrow keys.
Hi LaTeX users,
I'm working some more on the Typeset and View command, we are going to replace the default command that currently ships with TextMate. But I need some information. What process are TextMate's LaTeX users following for building their documents? I'm sure most of you are using bibtex, but what about other things like makeindex? Has everyone moved to a pure pdf-based process, or are some of you still using dvi/postscript? What are you using for pictures? Anything you can tell me will help.
I would also *love* example documents along with the expected output. This will aid in testing, and ensure that your particular process will be supported!
I had the same problem as described in a post from Sebastian on
Here is my error output:
Running bibtex on Exjobb (ny).tex
Traceback (most recent call last): File "/Users/peeter/Peeterprogram/
texMate.py", line 457, in texStatus, isFatal, numErrs, numWarns =
run_bibtex(texfile=fileName) File "/Users/peeter/Peeterprogram/
texMate.py", line 71, in run_bibtex return stat,fatal,err,warn
UnboundLocalError: local variable 'stat' referenced before assignment
It seems that it had to do with the parentheses in my filename messing
up the regexes.
My solution was to change lines 71 and 72 in Textmate.app/Contents/
SharedSupport/Bundles/Latex.tmbundle/Support/bin/texMate.py as follows:
# auxfiles = [f for f in os.listdir('.') if re.search('.aux
$',f) > 0]
# auxfiles = [f for f in auxfiles if re.match(r'('+ basename +
auxfiles = [f for f in os.listdir('.') if re.search('.aux$',f)
> 0 and (f.startswith(basename) or re.match(r'bu\d+\.aux', f))]
This works, at least for me.
Or have I messed something else up in the process?
TM2s HTML output window is somewhat limited compared to TM1:
- it uses sort of *tabs*, so I can't have multiple windows next to each other (handy to remove clutter and usually welcome, but when I run multiple apps/scripts in parallel I need separate windows to monitor them)
- it only allows one 'long running' process at a time
Since my projects often include multiple apps and/or scripts that interdepend and I need to run them side by side (eg client server etc). I used to use HTML output windows, so that I could have specially formatted log messages be clickable and get me to the correct location in the source code etc.
So I wrote an application that provides multiple HTML output windows and remembers their individual placement and size. It is called ApLo, and available as source here:
and wrapped into a TextMate bundle here:
For starters I wrote an Xcode4 bundle that goes with it:
As time permits I plan to add support for iOS projects as well, and STDOUT/STDERR parsers for other languages (perl, lua) as I come across them.
Maybe these bundles will be useful for others as well.
Reading this: http://blog.macromates.com/2009/interactive-input/
Did the steps:
> cd /Applications/TextMate.app/Contents/SharedSupport/Support/lib/
> svn export http://svn.textmate.org/trunk/Support/lib/tm_interactive_input.dylib@11735
When I press ⌘R on a simple python script using:
variable = raw_input()
... it still fails like this:
EOF Error: 'EOF when reading a line'
Making a simple Ruby program, I got similar error:
TypeError: can't convert nil into String
The comments to the blog post seems to stray somewhat from the topic,
so I couldn't figure out if there was something I was supposed to do
I use Ctrl-Q quite a bit to hard wrap Markdown files, Git commit messages, etc. It works nicely when I set the wrap column at 80, but it doesn't seem respect the custom value I set for it in my .tm_properties file (wrapColumn = 72).
Is there something I can configure to get this to work, or maybe a bundle command workaround?
Any help would be much appreciated.
TM is really on of the best text editors, however, there is two
issues unresolved for (the) years (of SL) now.
Issue one is TextMate's spelling behaviour, i.e., the automatic
detection of the language of a written paragraph, see here:
TM does not detect the language I am typing in, perhaps because it
uses a non-Apple document window. Anyway, always changing the
system language to get correct spell check on the fly (as
suggested in the thread) could hardly be a working solution. In
addition, quite often I write source documents in various
languages, e.g. English and German, and that makes a "one language
per document" unusable.
There has also been an issue with an advanced print dialogue (but
I cannot remember the posting). It is quite nice that TM adds
headers and footers, however, TM does not print coloured syntax,
and leaving a margin of about 1cm makes the printout unusable for
punching and filing. In addition, 11pt Monaco is quite good on my
screen but printing in that font size is rather a waste of space
on the page. Of course, I know, that one may produce a html
(nicely coloured, indeed), open that one in, say, Firefox, and
print the html page.
Anyway, I was wondering if there is any progress on these two
points, first, to get the apple multilingual spell check working,
second, to provide TM with a print preference to set things like
font, colours, and margins.
Sascha Vieweg, saschaview(a)gmail.com