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I just started using Notepad++ and SumatraPDF for my LaTeX stuff.

When compiling a .tex file using pdflatex, one can specify an option -output-directory=<folder> to save all the auxiliary files in <folder>. Is there a way to make latexindent do something similar? That is, when I run latexindent.pl -w foo.tex, I want it save the backup and log files in a folder that I specify.

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BTW, here's a nice guide in setting up Notepad++ to run pdflatex: LaTeX Editing Using Notepad++, besides of course this one on TeX.SX: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/43984/… –  Kevin C Nov 6 '13 at 20:03
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(As the author) Thanks for trying latexindent! That's a great idea; it's not currently possible, but I'll add it to the to-do list. Presumably you would want to specify the settings in a yaml file with switches (something like): backupDirectory: /my/output/directory and logfileDirectory: /some/other/directory? –  cmhughes Nov 6 '13 at 20:20
    
@cmhughes: Thank you for writing such a nice script! Ideally I'd like to have a switch that does exactly what -output-directory=<folder> does in pdflatex; for example, as in latexindent.pl -w -output-directory=<path to folder> foo.tex. I suppose this will imply a change in the .pl file (but I'm not sure). Settings in a yaml file would imply that all backup and log files will be saved in those same folder(s) regardless of where foo.tex was initially saved, right? –  Kevin C Nov 6 '13 at 22:01
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There are a few different yaml files- you have defaultSettings.yaml, and then your own files which can reside anywhere; in particular, you can have localSettings.yaml which overrides anything else. Most of the script's behaviour is controlled from yaml, so my first instinct is to put it in there. I hope to get to the to-do list at some point soon.... –  cmhughes Nov 7 '13 at 0:04
    
@cmhughes: Thanks! I'm looking forward to the next update in latexindent :) –  Kevin C Nov 7 '13 at 0:32

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The latest version (available on github) contains a switch, -c=/path/to/cruft/directory that performs in the way you described. You can use it as follows, for example

latexindent.pl -w -c=/home/cmhughes/Desktop myfile.tex

which will output all of the 'cruft' (indent.log, myfile.bak*) to /home/cmhughes/Desktop. It performs a check to make sure that the directory exists- if it doesn't, then the script will exit.

I did think about implementing this in the yaml files, but since indent.log writes information about the contents of these files, I found myself going round in circles. As such, the suggestion to use a command line switch makes the most sense.

I have also updated the arara rule which can be used as, for example,

% arara: indent: { cruft: /home/cmhughes/Desktop }

I have found the arara rule does not like it when the directories contain spaces (but the command line version doesn't mind).

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I'm making a few more changes today and tomorrow, and then I'll get the new version uploaded to ctan, which will hopefully get included into texlive –  cmhughes Nov 10 '13 at 17:43
    
Excellent! Thank you! –  Kevin C Nov 10 '13 at 19:43

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