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From: Tim Cross <theophilusx@gmail.com>
To: emacs-orgmode@gnu.org
Subject: Re: suggestion to change default org-latex-pdf-process to latexmk
Date: Wed, 02 Jun 2021 18:26:03 +1000	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <87y2bs6589.fsf@gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <m1pmx46bq1.fsf@nobis-it.eu>


Stefan Nobis <stefan-ml@snobis.de> writes:

> Tim Cross <theophilusx@gmail.com> writes:
>
>> One reason is that latexmk is not installed on some systems.
>
> Just after starting to write that this is false nowadays I realized
> you are right. :)
>
> See: https://mg.readthedocs.io/latexmk.html
>
> For macOS latexmk is distributed with the default TeX installation
> MacTeX for quite some years (IIRC at least since 2012). And it is
> working OOTB.
>
> As far as I know the default TeX installation for Windows is MikTeX
> (is this still true?), which also includes latexmk but lacks the Perl
> part (therefore Perl needs to be installed manually). But there is
> TeXLive for Windows and as far as I understand in this case Perl is
> also installed and latexmk works OOTB.
>
> A manual installation of TeXLive for Linux should also install latexmk
> (and Perl should also be available on next to every Linux box). Only
> some distributions bundle latexmk in a separate package - that should
> be easy to install (but breaks PDF creation if forgotten).
>
> Therefore: latexmk is available on all plattforms and in most cases it
> is already installed with the TeX system or easily installable. But
> not in all cases does it work OOTB and requires more work like
> installing Perl on Windows.
>
> In my opinion its worth to depend on this tool as it makes handling
> LaTeX documents much easier. On the other hand it may raise the bar
> for some users just to high. Hard to say.
>
> An alternative may be to use latexmk only if citations are found (new
> feature, new dependencies). Or a wrapper that checks whether latexmk
> is available and works (e.g. trying to call "latexmk --version") and
> falls back to the old routine of manually running the engine and
> bibtex/biber if necessary.

The more I think about it, I think the best solution would be to update
the code which sets the default and have it check for latexmk. If it is
found, set it as the default and if it is not found, set the existing
default. This would have minimum impact on users and allow those who
have installed latexmk to get the benefits while not forcing those who
don't need it to install it.


-- 
Tim Cross


  reply	other threads:[~2021-06-02  8:28 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 35+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-06-01 15:36 Bruce D'Arcus
2021-06-01 15:52 ` Juan Manuel Macías
2021-06-01 16:36 ` Timothy
2021-06-01 16:45   ` Bruce D'Arcus
2021-06-01 17:03     ` Timothy
2021-06-01 17:41       ` Bruce D'Arcus
2021-06-02  5:33         ` Stefan Nobis
2021-06-02 15:39           ` Scott Randby
2021-06-02 16:07             ` Stefan Nobis
2021-06-02 16:29               ` Colin Baxter
2021-06-02 16:41                 ` Robert Pluim
2021-06-02 16:47                 ` Bruce D'Arcus
2021-06-02 18:40                   ` Greg Minshall
2021-06-02 23:28                     ` Tim Cross
2021-06-02 17:00                 ` Stefan Nobis
2021-06-03  5:35                   ` Colin Baxter
2021-06-02 17:36               ` Scott Randby
2021-06-02  0:00 ` Tim Cross
2021-06-02  1:09   ` Scott Randby
2021-06-02  1:25     ` Bruce D'Arcus
2021-06-02  2:56       ` Tim Cross
2021-06-02  5:27         ` Vladimir Lomov
2021-06-02  6:07   ` Stefan Nobis
2021-06-02  8:26     ` Tim Cross [this message]
2021-06-02 12:07       ` Bruce D'Arcus
2021-06-02 14:26         ` Colin Baxter
2021-06-02 22:35           ` Tim Cross
2021-06-02 15:43         ` Scott Randby
2021-06-02 16:22           ` Dr. Arne Babenhauserheide
2021-06-02 22:53             ` Tim Cross
2021-06-02 22:44           ` Tim Cross
2021-06-04 11:28             ` Dr. Arne Babenhauserheide
2021-06-02  8:40     ` Juan Manuel Macías
2021-06-02  1:09 ` Nick Dokos
2021-06-02  6:23   ` Loris Bennett

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