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.
I installed Todd Werth's IR_Black theme (http://blog.toddwerth.com/entries/2) in TM2 and get this error when I press Ctrl-Shift-P to show scope:
> Failure running "Show Scope (HTML)".
> Could not locate your theme file!
Has anyone else had success using this theme in TM2? Tried deleting the bundle, then recreating it again with the .tmTheme file, but same result. Didn't have any issues when I installed the Railscasts theme.
TextMate seems to be smart enough to figure out that some file is already open in certain project, so calling "mate file" on already open file just brings existing TM window to front, also when file isn't open, but lays within some project window, it does bring this window to the font and opens the file inside it.
But.... when we try to "mate dir" where dir is already open in TM, it opens new window (copy) again! Can we please change this behavior? I often end up with multiple copies of the same dir/project, which often leads to unwanted modifications and real mess.
Adam Strzelecki | nanoant.com | twitter.com/nanoant
Is there a way to set the font size for the file browser? I have it set to 11 in Finder and would like to have it like hat in the file browser as well.
And when deep in a folder structure it becomes hard to navigate as the file browser just "compresses" file and folder names. Things get cool names like "e…p" (ext_localconf.php) or simply just disappear. I know I can work against this by making the file browser wider but when it already occupies half of your screen it gets amusing.