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Re: Interest in maintaining vim-latexsuite


On Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 03:00:18PM -0400, James Vega wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 1:59 PM, Kay Smarczewski
> <kay.smarczewski@mailbox.tu-dresden.de> wrote:
> > I love vim-latexsuite. But I have noticed that this package is marked
> > as orphaned. I am no expert in Debian, Vim and Latex. But I use these
> > Software every day and would do my very best to bring the Latex-Suite
> > forward.
> martin krafft (CCed) had expressed interest in helping with the package
> as well[0].  Although, it looks like help is needed upstream as well and
> that's a larger problem, IMO.

Definitely, yes. Upstream is dead and vim-latexsuite nearly unusable. :(

> Lately, I've been suggesting to people interested in using
> vim-latexsuite that they instead use a snippets plugin (like
> snipMate[1]) to setup the snippets they actually need.  Vim's builtin
> compiler/quickfix features (":compiler tex" ":make") can be used to
> handle checking for problems in the latex files.

This is actually quite a good idea. I installed snipMate myself and
added a file ~/.vim/ftplugin/tex.vim containing

,----[ ~/.vim/ftplugin/tex.vim ]
| map <silent> <Leader>ll :!pdflatex "%"<CR>
| map <silent> <Leader>lb :!bibtex "`basename % .tex`"<CR>
| map <silent> <Leader>lv :!evince "`basename % .tex`.pdf" &<CR>

which replicates at least some parts of the former behaviour:

\ll compiles to a pdf
\lb runs bibtex
\lv opens evince with the pdf

> I don't personally write (La)Tex so I'm not sure how effective this is
> compared to latexsuite, but I do know that in its current state
> latexsuite is fairly buggy and is essentially dead upstream.

It's not perfect because you have to watch for LaTeX errors youself but
it's better than a buggy software. Thanks for the suggestion, James!


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