[tex-live] preview.sty / tlmgr vs AucTeX

Axel E. Retif axel.retif at mac.com
Tue Mar 9 04:00:56 CET 2010

On  8 Mar, 2010, at 18:34, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:

> On 8 March 2010 Karl Berry wrote:
>> I installed preview.sty in the standard way for TL because it is
>> part of the preview[-latex] package on CTAN.
>> David, if you prefer that I install it in texmf (seems wrong to
>> me), or not install it at all

No, not this! Please see below.

>> just let me know.  Whatever you want.
> Is it feasible to remove preview.sty from CTAN, put it somewhere under
> site-lisp/auctex and set TEXINPUTS in Emacs accordingly?  If only
> Emacs needs preview.sty, this is certainly the best solution.

No, please! As a matter of fact, I started using preview.sty before using more seriously Emacs-AucTeX ---on a Mac, with TeXShop, and beamer.cls, I've done standalone TikZ graphics for later inclusion on a book:

> \documentclass{beamer}
> \let\digamma\undefined
> \input{<preamble with TikZ, et al.>}
> \usepackage[active,pdftex,floats,tightpage]{preview}
> \PreviewEnvironment{tikzpicture}
> \setlength\PreviewBorder{-2pt}
> \begin{document}

So, preview.sty is *really* useful independently of Emacs-AucTeX.

On the other hand, Seiji Zenitani manages to make a self-contained Emacs-AucTeX-preview package:


But it's way out of my knowledge to replicate his procedure. 



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