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I have a book that comes with an answer manual. So when I define a section or subsection I want to also write the name of that to the file containing the answers. Thus, I want to end with this type of thing in bookans.tex.

\subsection{One.I.1: Gauss' Method}
      We can perform Gauss' method can in different ways ..

(I write to that file using the answers package.) I see in the LaTeX source that the last thing in argument 6 to \@startsection, the style, can be a command that takes an argument, so I tried variations on this.

   {subsection}{2}{0em}{-10ex plus1ex minus1ex}{1em}%

  \typeout{SUBSECTION\space START:\space\sectioningname}}

But it does not get the name; it gets "\setbox \@tempboxa \hbox {{\hskip 0em\relax I.1\hskip 1em\relax \relax }}\hangindent \wd \@tempboxa \noindent \box \@tempboxa \interlinepenalty \@M Gauss' Method\@@par". Then, for instance, hyperref gets annoyed at the section title.

To write the Chapter name I modified \@chapter. Do I need to do the same torturous thing with the sectioning commands (maybe \@sect)? It seems perilous to me; for instance, what if the LaTeX3 folks change those definitions?

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Probably the easiest thing would be to redefine \addcontentsline as all the sectioning commands pretty much do something like


as long as tocdepth is set suitably. You could make that write to the toc and your additional file.

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Thank you David. I take your comment to confirm that I haven't overlooked a natural way to do it. I use that command to do a number of things so I'll have to think about if I can modify it to this purpose. Thanks, Jim – Jim Hefferon Mar 10 '12 at 22:09
Just remember to redefine \addcontentsline before loading hyperref, because this package redefines it adding to the existent functionality. – egreg Mar 10 '12 at 22:37

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