[TxMt] Re: LaTeX Bundle and Terminal

Will Robertson wspr81 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 1 17:13:07 UTC 2008

On 02/08/2008, at 2:07 AM, Charilaos Skiadas wrote:

> But does it happen often that you find the typing of "h" to be
> helpful at all? I've never found TeX's helpful suggestions all that
> helpful personally. Either the error is obvious enough from the
> message, or it is too complex for the message to be helpful. But I
> guess your mileage may vary.

No, you're right that 'h' often does supply very much useful  
information :) When writing macros and packages, however, I'd prefer  
it to stop at the first instance of the error for three reasons:
   1. Easier to see where it was! And no time waste with TeX trying to  
recover from the error and continue typesetting.
   2. Sometimes writing diagnostic information with the 'i' function  
is really useful.
   3. In looping-like behaviour, I like to put in commands like \show 
\somemacro to see what the value of something is. It's generally  
easier to interpret this information in "real time" rather than have  
TeX run through the whole document before working out what's going on.

Ideally, there'd be an option to have TextMate compile documents in a  
similar way to TeXShop, stopping at errors and allowing input, but I  
can understand that's either non-trivial or even impossible with the  
current interface :)

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