[OS X TeX] Aquamacs and preview-latex

Christopher Menzel cmenzel at tamu.edu
Mon Nov 13 03:04:39 EST 2006

I have solved this problem by compiling the latest Emacs CVS  
sources.  Since I'm using the same version of auctex/preview-latex  
and the same utilities, the problem seems to be something in Emacs  
22.0.50.  (The CVS version identifies itself as version 23.0.0,  
though the README sez 22.0.90.)  Note I have seen this problem with  
preview-latex now in three different versions of Emacs 22.0.50 on two  
different platforms.  (I had forgotten that I the problem also arose  
in a version of Emacs 22.0.50 that I compiled under FreeBSD; the  
Ubuntu Linux version I'm using successfully was also compiled from  
the CVS sources.)

Chris Menzel

On Nov 12, 2006, at 5:57 PM, Chris Menzel wrote:
> Has anyone experienced any problems with preview-latex recently,  
> esp on
> an Intel Mac?  When I preview some LaTeX code (or a region or buffer
> ...) the bitmaps are inserted in my Emacs buffer but they all  
> contain a
> huge amount of whitespace.  Look here to see what I mean:
>   http://cmenzel.org/buggy-preview-latex.jpg
> I highlighted the region in the screenshot before grabbing it to make
> the whitespace in the bitmaps more visible.  I have reported this
> problem to the emacs bugs list and have corresponded with David  
> Kastrup
> (the maintainer of the auctex package) about it; I've tried installing
> the newest version of auctex and have tried different versions of
> ghostscript; I've checked that I'm using current versions of relevant
> auxiliary programs like pdf2dsc; I've tried using Carbon Emacs instead
> of Aquamacs Emacs.  All to no avail.  After installing TeXLive this
> morning (via i-Installer), things are actually *better*, in that  
> all of
> my math code in a previewed region or buffer is being displayed --
> before only the first string of code was being displayed (with the
> excessive whitespace).  But this is still intolerable, obviously.   
> I run
> Ubuntu Linux in a virtual machine (thanks to Parallels Desktop) and
> preview runs flawlessly therein.  But I'd prefer to stay in OS X  
> and use
> Aquamacs Emacs, which has several advantages over the Linux setup.
> This is all the more frustrating in light of the fact that preview was
> working under Carbon Emacs a couple of months ago.  Unfortunately,  
> I do
> not know what I, or something, did in the meanwhile to break it.
> Any suggestions much appreciated.
> Chris Menzel

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