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What is the proper way of solving this problem with respect to AUCTeX's design - I mean, how to do that in a way that it will still recognize the errors, display log on demand, make "View" command default on successful compilation, etc. Or, what is a way to define my own command with the same functionality and make it default?

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Do you want to do this with every .tex file you edit or only for certain projects? –  Paul Gessler Mar 4 '14 at 16:48
@PaulGessler Actually, now I think that I will use this chain for every (main) .tex file, even in the future. –  Andrew Zabavnikov Mar 4 '14 at 17:03
Do you really want to do that, or merely use the PDFLaTeX option ? that's generally a better way to make a PDF while retaining all the features you want. –  Suresh Mar 4 '14 at 17:37
@Suresh Why it is? And what is the way to properly handle .eps graphics with the pdflatex? Here, 'proper' means that I can use them in scalable manner (after conversion to some other format for example). –  Andrew Zabavnikov Mar 4 '14 at 17:47
ah. I didn't think anyone used .eps any more :). If you have .eps files it's probably best to go that route. –  Suresh Mar 4 '14 at 17:48

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With the current AUCTeX management of compilers I think the cleanest solution would be to add a new command for dvips and another one for ps2pdf and every time issue C-c C-c three times, but this isn't definitely comfortable.

Here there is the following solution (slightly improved): add this code to your .emacs file

(eval-after-load "tex"
      '("LaTeX + dvips + ps2pdf"
    "latex%(mode) %t && dvips %d -o %f && ps2pdf14 %f"
    TeX-run-TeX nil t))))

This isn't the best solution, but at least is able to catch error reports.

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Note that it may be necesary to include this inside a (eval-after-load "tex-mode" ...) –  cool_me5000 Mar 31 '14 at 22:28
@cool_me5000 Thank you for the suggestion ;-). –  giordano Mar 31 '14 at 22:31

I am a just plain latex user, but I got results, which was my best. I don't know LISP at all, and I was using just aquamacs and its GUI-like AUCtex customize menus. Anyway, for now I use psfrag, inverse search for pdf in Skim viewer both from pdflatex and from dvips + ps2pdf.

This was all my best. First, I separated (latex) and (dvips + ps2pdf). The reason is that if I don't, C-c C-v try to show dvi, which was not a good idea in my mac.

In the AUCtex customize menu -> TeX-command-list, the LaTex is bound to the PdfLatex as a default. So I added two more command-lists, the PdfLatex and the dvips + ps2pdf, and I just copied the original command in the LaTex list to PdfLatex list, which was

%`%l%(mode)%' %t

In the LaTex list, I replaced by

%(latex) --synctex=1 %s

In the dvips + ps2pdf list, I put

dvips %s.dvi && ps2pdf %s.ps %s.pdf

Then, the LaTex icon in the aquamacs operates as only latex compilation. After C-c C-c to run dvips + ps2dvi, I can see the pdf file using C-c C-v.

Also, I was able to use inverse search generated by dvips + ps2pdf in Skim viewer after I changed the value to synctex for DVI in the Tex Source Correlate Method menu.

Overall changes resulted in the following LISP, which I don't understand, but I put them here.

 ;; custom-set-variables was added by Custom.
 ;; If you edit it by hand, you could mess it up, so be careful.
 ;; Your init file should contain only one such instance.
 ;; If there is more than one, they won't work right.
 '(LaTeX-clean-intermediate-suffixes nil)
 '(LaTeX-clean-output-suffixes nil)
 '(LaTeX-command "latex")
    (preview-mode-setup smart-dnd-latex
            (lambda nil
              (TeX-fold-mode t))
            turn-on-bib-cite turn-on-reftex flyspell-mode abbrev-mode)))
 '(TeX-clean-confirm nil)
    (("TeX" "%(PDF)%(tex) %(extraopts) %`%S%(PDFout)%(mode)%' %t" TeX-run-TeX nil
      (plain-tex-mode texinfo-mode ams-tex-mode)
      :help "Run plain TeX")
     ("LaTeX" "%(latex) --synctex=1 %s" TeX-run-TeX nil
      (latex-mode doctex-mode)
      :help "Run LaTeX")
     ("PdfLaTex" "%`%l%(mode)%' %t" TeX-run-command nil t)
     ("dvips + ps2pdf" "dvips %s.dvi && ps2pdf %s.ps %s.pdf " TeX-run-TeX nil t)
    ((output-dvi "Skim")
     (output-pdf "Skim")
     (output-html "open"))))
 '(TeX-source-correlate-method (quote ((dvi . synctex) (pdf . synctex))))
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