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I'm searching for a LaTeX editor that I can run on my GNU/Linux server and allows realtime collaboration as well as online compiling and previewing.

What I've tried so far:

So my question: Can anyone suggest such an editor that is actually working or does anyone know how to solve the issues I encountered with FlyLaTeX and Cloud9 IDE.

Edit: I wrote an email to the developer of FlyLaTeX and he explained that FlyLaTeX currently doesn't support additional LaTeX packages. So FlyLaTeX is not an option right now.

I stumbled across etherTeX, based on etherpad lite. I'll try this one out.

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Is writelatex not an option ? –  percusse Apr 30 '13 at 20:35
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selfhosted, so perhaps not, unless this is Hammersley. –  kan Apr 30 '13 at 20:36
    
@percusse I want to host it on my own server which as to my knowledge isn't possible with writelatex. –  FSMaxB Apr 30 '13 at 20:37
    
@FSMaxB Oops, missed that part. –  percusse Apr 30 '13 at 20:38
    
@FSMaxB Is this related ? texlive.js possible? –  texenthusiast Apr 30 '13 at 20:40
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FlyLatex now (since early June 2013, I believe) supports extra packages. Put any extra packages in the "texpackages." The packages/images will be available to all users (global-level access). I made it this way to save space for the administrator. But I'm working on adding an option to make packages/images uploadable and accessible on an per-user level.

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A possible solution would be to use any online/selfhosted collaboration tool (Cloud 9/Collide etc.) to do the editing to a .tex file and then use a small php or bash script to process the TeX file through PHP/Shell on the click of a button.

Using some PHP like this perhaps:

private function runXeLaTeX($dir = '/tmp', $fileToUse, $noPDF = FALSE) {
        $descriptorspec = array(
                0 => array("pipe", "r"),  // stdin is a pipe that the child will read from
                1 => array("pipe", "w"),  // stdout is a pipe that the child will write to
                2 => array("file", $dir."/error-output.txt", "a") // stderr is a file to write to
        );

        $cwd = $dir;
//      $env = array('some_option' => 'aeiou');

        if ($noPDF) {
            $process = proc_open('/usr/texbin/xelatex -no-pdf '.$fileToUse.'.tex', $descriptorspec, $pipes, $cwd);
        }
        else {
            $process = proc_open('/usr/texbin/xdvipdfmx -vv '.$fileToUse.'.xdv', $descriptorspec, $pipes, $cwd);
        }

        if (is_resource($process)) {
            // $pipes now looks like this:
            // 0 => writeable handle connected to child stdin
            // 1 => readable handle connected to child stdout
            // Any error output will be appended to /tmp/error-output.txt

            fwrite($pipes[0], '<?php print_r($_ENV); ?>');
            fclose($pipes[0]);

//          echo stream_get_contents($pipes[1]);
            fclose($pipes[1]);

            // It is important that you close any pipes before calling
            // proc_close in order to avoid a deadlock
            $return_value = proc_close($process);
        }
        return $return_value;
    }
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FlyLaTeX and Cloud9 IDE are both based on NodeJS. And are not running on a PHP capable webserver. As I don't know how to work with nodejs nor how to integrate PHP in it, this isn't anything I could do. I tried doing it myself by combining the ace text editor with a PDF preview, but my PHP and JavaScript skills are insufficient. –  FSMaxB May 3 '13 at 10:04
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Also have a look at http://fiduswriter.org/ It is developing quickly and supportts collaboration and uses LaTeX code in its backend.

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This might not be exactly what you want but you can run a simple collaborative webbased LaTeX editor by running PMWiki on your server with MathJax enabled. To enable MathJax on your server you can simply edit

/pub/skins/myskin/myskin.tmpl

file by adding the following into the header

<script type="text/x-mathjax-config">
  MathJax.Hub.Config({tex2jax: {inlineMath: [['$','$'],
['\\(','\\)']]}});
</script>
<script type="text/javascript"
src="http://cdn.mathjax.org/mathjax/latest/MathJax.js?config=TeX-AMS-MML_HTMLorMML">
</script>
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Thanks for your suggestion, but I need to work on full LaTeX documents and create PDFs as an end product. –  FSMaxB May 11 '13 at 5:02
    
@FSMaxB PMWiki has print command which will get you PDF. –  Predrag Punosevac May 11 '13 at 12:37
    
But Mathjax doesn't have full LaTeX support. I am looking for the normal output of pdflatex or xetex or whatever to be displayed in the browser. –  FSMaxB May 11 '13 at 14:15
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Using FlyLaTeX is an option if no extra packages and document classes are needed. It can be installed by performing those steps (when using Ubuntu Server 12.04):

  • Create a user for the installation of FlyLaTeX e.g. "flylatex"
  • Install git and mongodb with sudo apt-get install mongodb git
  • Change to the home directory of the new user and install the node version manager (git clone git://github.com/creationix/nvm.git and echo '. ~/nvm/nvm.sh' >> ~/.bashrc)
  • Install nodejs (e.g. v0.10.5 nvm install v0.10.5)
  • Install FlyLaTeX (git clone git://github.com/alabid/flylatex.git)
  • Start FlyLaTeX with nvm use v0.10.5; node ~/flylatex/app.js

This isn't working for me, as I need extra LaTeX packages, I just post this so it can be useful to others.

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