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Re: Bug#336400: emacs-goodies-el: please add xdvi-search.el

Rogério Brito <rbrito@ime.usp.br> wrote:

> Hi Peter and all others,
> On Oct 31 2005, Peter S Galbraith wrote:
> > I am CC'ing this to interested parties, including
> > debian-emacsen@lists.debian.org for discussion.
> Nice. I'm including debian-tetex-maint@lists.debian.org also, as they
> may have some insight in the situation.
> > Rogério Brito <rbrito@ime.usp.br> wrote:
> > > As you probably know, Emacs is used quite a lot by people that use LaTeX
> > > and in the usual workflow of generating a LaTeX document, one usually
> > > goes through the compilation of the source and then sees the output
> > > using a variety of modes, the most common of which is seeing a DVI
> > > output file.
> > > 
> > > Since LaTeX supports source specials and the xdvi in current Debian
> > > versions support forward and backward searching, it would be a very good
> > > addition if the file xdvi-search.el could be added to the package
> > > emacs-goodies-el.
> > > 
> > > The xdvi-search.el file can be obtained from:
> > > <http://xdvi.sourceforge.net/xdvi-search.el>.
> > 
> > Thanks.  This would be useful to me also as I also use LaTeX.
> > 
> > I just tried this at work on sarge and xdvi wasn't compiled with this
> > support, so it didn't work.  I'll try it at home on unstable.
> Humm, this is actually quite strange, since I was using this
> Forward/Backward thing with sarge when it wasn't released (I'm always
> tracking testing, BTW).
> Do you use AUCTeX? Based on the fact that you included them on the CC,
> I'd assume that you do. With current AUCTeX, you have to compile the
> file with source specials and this can be achieved with C-c C-t C-s.

Thanks.  I had misundertood the error.  I didn't realise that the dvi
file could be built with this feature included or not.  It does works
after all.
> > I wonder if users would be better served if this were included either
> > in auctex or in some part of tetex (perhaps tetex-extra).  So my
> > questions for everybody are:
> I think that forward/backward searching is independent of the use of
> AUCTeX (despite the fact that heavy LaTeX users use AUCTeX already,
> probably).
> I don't think that Frank Küster & Co. would like to include it in
> tetex-extra (I think that they would prefer it in an agnostic way, since
> Debian will soon have both teTeX and TeX Live on its repository).
> It might be a possibility to have xdvi-search.el on tex-common, though
> (which is the basic infra-structure package for the TeX distributions in
> Debian from now on).
> > - Which package do you think xdvi-search.el should be added to?
> I'd still say that emacs-goodies-el is the strongest candidate of it
> all, but having it in tex-common might make sense (unless others are
> vehemently opposed to that).
> > - If you maintain tetex or auctex, do you think it should o in your
> >   package?   Are you willing to add it?
> Whatever is the decision, I think that it deserves to be more
> well-known for Emacs users.
> Oh, BTW, if I am not mistaken, kdvi (the dvi previewer for KDE) even has
> some tips and long explanations on how kdvi supports source specials.

I'm perfectly willing to add it to emacs-goodies-el and remove it later
if it gets added to tex-common.



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