[OS X TeX] xdvi and/or acrobat reader with darwin ports emacs

Curtis Clifton curt.clifton at mac.com
Sat Jan 22 08:55:13 EST 2005

On Jan 22, 2005, at 4:51 AM, Peter Dyballa wrote:

> Am 22.01.2005 um 05:59 schrieb David Arnold:
>> Now, I want to be able to view my tex file in xdvi via emacs. I'd 
>> also like to set up inverse search, if possible, synching emacs and 
>> xdvi. I'd also like to be able to open a pdf file via emacs in 
>> acrobat reader 7.0.
> There es no free and native DVI viewer for Mac OS X available, Carbon 
> or Aqua. MacDVIX from Tom Kiffe needs to be licensed (and has it's own 
> Ghostscript that might need changes to its Fontmap to be able to use 
> your own PostScript fonts), and TeXniscope from Massimiliano Gubinelli 
> is free but first converts DVI to PDF, so it's rather a PDF viewer.

That's just semantics.  Why does it matter what process TeXniscope uses 
to display the dvi document?  Shouldn't a hidden-from-the-user 
conversion for display purposes only matter if that process is too 
slow.  And only the user can judge that.   As far as I know TeXniscope 
supports dvi specials for synchronizing, but I may be wrong as I'm a 
pdflatex user.  I'd appreciate enlightenment as this isn't the first 
time I've seen TeXniscope derided as not being a DVI viewer, and that 
doesn't make sense to me.  (I'm a fan of TeXniscope for PDF viewing.   
Massimiliano has done great work and a great service.)

> Xdvi needs X11 to display anything.

This is the interesting question.  Can _Carbon_ Emacs work with xdvi?  
Or does one have to use an X11 version of emacs?


Curtis Clifton, PhD Candidate
Dept. of Computer Science, Iowa State University

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