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Some LaTeX-related Configuration Notes: Fedora 17

Some LaTeX-related Configuration Notes: Fedora 17

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Tips on installing some TeX-related tools -- TeXworks, Texmaker, JabRef -- on Fedora 17, once you have successfully installed TeX Live 2012. 4 p., 131 KB.
Tips on installing some TeX-related tools -- TeXworks, Texmaker, JabRef -- on Fedora 17, once you have successfully installed TeX Live 2012. 4 p., 131 KB.

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Some L
A
TEX-related Configuration Notes:Fedora 17
By
kalwisti
29 July 2012
Abstract
Here are some tips/tweaks for your L
A
TEX environment in Fedora 17,once you have successfully installed TEX Live (TL) 2012.
Contents
1 L
A
TEX Editors 1
1.1 TEXworks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.2 Texmaker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
2 Excluding Texmaker from Auto-updates 23 Evince Plugin for DVIs 34 Additional Fonts 35 JabRef 4
1 L
A
TEX Editors
Since I’m a casual, non-geek user, I always install a L
A
TEX editor/IDE (IntegratedDevelopment Environment) to make life easier. ere are several options for edi-tors, but TEXworks and Texmaker are two of my favorites.
1.1 TEXworks
 JonathanKew’sTEXworksisarelativelynew,user-friendlyL
A
TEXeditor. AsMr.Kewis the creator of XƎTEX, the program works especially well with XƎTEX.1
 
In Fedora 17, TEXworks has the advantage of being independently packaged;it does not pull in any old TL 2007 dependencies from the Fedora repositories.
1.2 Texmaker
Texmaker, developed by Pascal Brachet, is a very nice L
A
TEX editor. However, theversion in the official Fedora repositories pulls in (older) TL dependencies. Youprobably want to avoid these dependencies, and can do so by installing a stand-alone
.rpm
directly from the Texmaker website:
http://www.xm1math.net/texmaker/download.html#linux
F17 packages are available for both 32- and 64-bit architectures. (I installed thei386 32-bit package).I learned—through trial and error—that I first had to install the Qt toolkit andrelated packages in order for Texmaker to install correctly:
qt-1:4.8.2-4.fc17
To install Texmaker, download its
.rpm
file and save it to an appropriate loca-tion (such as your
/home
folder or
Downloads
folder). Open up a Terminal andbecome the root user (
su -
). en type the following command:
# rpm -Uvh texmaker_fedora17-3.4.1-xm1.i386.rpm
2 Excluding Texmaker from Auto-updates
If you install Texmaker using the method above, you will want to exclude theprogram from being auto-upated (and thereby pulling in older, bundled TL de-pendencies). You can accomplish this by editing your
/etc/yum.conf
file as theroot user. Add the line
exclude=texmaker*
to your file, so it looks like this:
[main]cachedir=/var/cache/yum/$basearch/$releaseverkeepcache=0debuglevel=2logfile=/var/log/yum.logexactarch=1obsoletes=1gpgcheck=1plugins=1
2
 
installonly_limit=3exclude=texmaker*
3 Evince Plugin for DVIs
If you prefer to use DVI files for displaying output rather than PDF, you will dis-cover that Evince cannot display a
.dvi
until you have installed a special pluginfrom the Fedora repos:
evince-dvi 3.4.0-2.fc17
Even aer installing the plugin, however, I found that Evince was sluggish inopening and displaying DVI files. A simple workaround is to configure Texmakerto use
xdvi
as the default application for displaying DVIs. (TL 2012 installs
xdvi
as one of its default programs).To change this seing, go to Texmaker’s
Options
menu >
Configure Texmaker
>
Dvi Viewer
. en change
evince %.dvi
to
xdvi
%.dvi
.
4 Additional Fonts
I’ve experimented a lile with XƎTEX, and found that installing these fonts canspice up your typographic life:Linux LibertineLinux Libertine, designed by Philipp Poll, is an aractive alternative to theTimes New Roman font. (e main body of this document is typeset inLinux Libertine).
It includes a companion sans-serif font called Linux Biolinum. The quickbrown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
GentiumGentium is an award-winning serif font designed by Victor Gaultney. Thequick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
DoulosDoulos is a serif font designed by SIL (Summer Institute of Linguistics); itis similar to Times and Times New Roman. The quick brown fox jumpsover the lazy dog.
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