Robert G. Brown
Duke University Physics Department
Durham, NC 27708-0305
Copyright Robert G. Brown, 2024
Latex Project Template
by Robert G. Brown (rgb)
This is a reusable template for latex projects. Download the tarball
and unpack it with e.g.
tar xvfz latex.proj-0.4.1.tgz
Place it under e.g. Subversion control so that you can back off any
changes you make to it.
Look over the Makefile to familiarize yourself with the various
targets. Not all of them are guaranteed to work, and some may not work
for you without some editing, at least. Do not modify the
Makefile yet, though -- work at first on a copy created as below and
then backport the changes to the original Makefile carefully when
you are sure they work.
In this directory, run the "newproject" command:
Place the new project under your choice of version control --
subversion is currently supported by a couple of targets in the Makefile
that will require a bit of editing to make work for you but CVS is
equally possible with a bit more editing.
Note that newproject SHOULD have changed all the basic filenames
around so that they correspond to your project name. Only make changes
in the template itself if you want to make them permanent features of a
new latex project!
You should be able to type "make" in the new project directory at any
time and have it just work to build dvi, pdf, and a4pdf (a pdf for A4
sized paper commonly used in Europe). Bring up the dvi file for preview
with a command such as:
xdvi projectname &
Then start up your favorite editor on the projectname.tex source file.
If it is emacs or jove (or any editor that permits you to invoke make
from inside the editor) you should be able to make simple changes to the
latex source, invoke make via e.g. ^x ^e, and bring the preview screen
to the foreground, where it will automatically refresh to the
current/new dvi file! This makes the edit, make/debug, view/debug, edit
cycle quite painless and generally faster than most latex IDE GUI
Good luck! Feel free to contact me with e.g. bug reports or