[TxMt] Re: LaTeX Bundle and Terminal

Brad Miller millbr02 at luther.edu
Fri Aug 1 18:48:55 UTC 2008

On Fri, Aug 1, 2008 at 12:13 PM, Will Robertson <wspr81 at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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 :)

Well, now that you have thrown down the 'TeXShop does it' gauntlet I am
going to have to do some experimenting. :-) I think I might be able to get
what you want to work by detecting the error and the prompt and then using
dialog to get a response.  I know I can create two way communication with
another process....

I didn't ever think to do it before because I never run in interactive mode.

I'll let you know what I figure out.

> Cheers,
> Will
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