{automation} is about automating certain tasks when creating a (La)TeX document, e.g., with the help of {packages}, custom {macros} or {tools} for {compiling}.

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How to draw rectangle edge label in tikz?

I want to draw something like this. How to get that rectangle edge label? This is the MWE. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usepackage[margin=15mm]{geometry} \usepackage{calc} ...
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How to draw bigger circular states and multiple transitions in automata?

I want to draw something like this. I have three difficulties: How to draw bigger circular states and dashed circular state? How to draw multiple arrows between states? (Ex. In the state "App ...
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How can I do the 'latex bibtex latex latex' compiling using Windows without the command line? [duplicate]

I'm using LaTeX and JabRef on Windows. I set up my bibliography database and cited references in my LaTeX document. However, I do not know how to use the command line on Windows to do the 'latex ...
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Documenting on code revisions

I have made modifications to a few files of a C++ program. I would like to document on these changes in a nice LaTeX report, by showing exactly what I modified and explaining why I did so. Since ...
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How do I Auto-Label Hyperref Fillable Forms \TextField?

Is there any way to put an automatic label into the hyperref package's \TextField parameters field like this: \newcounter{lexemeCounter} ...
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Quick Build commands in WinEdt

I recently switched from TeXMaker to WinEdt. In TeXMaker I was used to customize my 'Quick Build' command in the 'Configure TeXMaker' dialog. In that dialog I was able to choose, for example: ...
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Robust processing of autogenerated LaTeX files that contain many errors

I use knitr to generate pretty reports, with pdflatex as backend. Everything works fine if the R code runs without error. However, if the R code fails, the autogenerated file is sometimes invalid in ...
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Intelligent way to autoref / label enumerations

I want to automatically label and reference a enumeration of functional requirements. The labeling works, but I can't reference the list items via \ref{REQ1} etc. ...
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How to create commands for automating the commenting process on some zones of a picture

I have a lot of comments to make on different pictures, I can do it with the following command for ex: \begin{tikzpicture} \node[anchor=south west,inner sep=0] (image) at (0,0) ...
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Automatic report generation

I am trying to automatically create a curriculum vitae (or any other document if one would prefer) from a datafile that holds all values/entries. Here are my individual files that go into this ...
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Automate Controls for Curves

I am looking to automate (simplify) the path drawn in blue on my MWE. I am trying to avoid nodes if possible as this is nested in a tikzpicture. Ideally I was hoping to simply specify the begin and ...
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Expand command read from file

I have a file, that contains a list of latex commands each command per line. Now I want to read this file line per line and execute/expand the macros automatically. I tried the following but this only ...
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Automated generation of equation key

I am looking for a way to automatically create the legend for an equation (let's say embedded in the align environment). What I'm currently using is a semi automated to fully manual way. Let me ...
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Setting an “attribute” for Theorem to be accessed later

I am writing a math paper with a large number of theorems. I'm looking to have a table summarizing my results, and I'd love it if the table could be generated automatically from my paper. I' looking ...
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Specify number of columns in brqalign

Some time ago David Carlisle wrote an awesome brqalign function in this answer: http://tex.stackexchange.com/a/51543/4011. See the cited code below. How to modify the brqalign environment such that ...
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Smart parentheses?

Is there a way of smartly nesting parentheses and square brackets (in text mode), so that LaTeX detects nesting relations and typesets them accordingly? I'm thinking in something like csquotes does ...
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Automatically construct image file name

I have a lot of images numbered like so: image_0001.png image_0002.png image_0003.png ... I would like to set up a Latex command to include a specific numbered image, for example: ...
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Automatic arrangement of equations with comments

This question led to a new package: conteq I am writing a paper with multiple chains of equations or inequalities, with optional explanations. Depending on the size of the equations, I use one ...
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Implementing a way to show data structures in LaTeX

Is there a way to implement data structures in LaTeX? I am currently taking two classes that require large numbers of heaps (min,max) and queues (FIFO,LIFO) and the like to be drawn after inserting ...
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Incompatibilities with and alternatives to nath

I just discovered the existence of nath to auto-size mathematical expressions. But I also read that it has many incompatibilities and it also doesn't seem to be maintained anymore (last update was ...
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System: XeLaTeX, Circumstance: Automation, PROBLEM: error message “missing \item”

I am currently generating PDF's with variable contents from a template I made. Data is fetched from a database and used to create reports. This has been working greatly until recently I needed to ...
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How can i create multiple documents from one template - depending on special “variables”?

I am currently trying to set up a document template that allows for automated creation of different output files depending on a certain "input". The "input" could be a variable or a certain kind of ...
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Automatic calculation of error in pgfplots

When taking in data through a file (such as table[x index=0, y index=1, y error index=2]{plots/mydata.table};) is it possible to automatically calculate the error bars (instead of putting them in ...
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TeXstudio: how to automate LaTeX biber sequence of compilation

I'm a bit confused about how to configure TeXstudio to use biber. It's not that I can't find a way, I'm just wondering what is the intended way, i.e. coming from WinEdt I'm used to that "Build" or ...
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Add space in `brqalign`

Some time ago David Carlisle wrote an awesome brqalign function in this answer: http://tex.stackexchange.com/a/51543/4011. See the cited code below. How can I add space between the rows of brqalign? ...
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How can I enable non-standard characters such as blanks or german Umlaute (ä,ö,ü) for hyperref labels?

I am trying to write a small package that (as a minor sub-feature) incorporates some usage of hyperref to get internal cross-references. To be precise, I want to do provide functionality like the ...
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Questions on designing a dynamic database of exercises

Almost all packages to handle exercises allow us to attach/retrieve meta-data to/from each exercise. Some things one might want when handling exercises are: Filter exercises according to their ...
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Including many figures from a directory

I have a large number of figures (~300) in a folder called 'allimages'. The figures are numbered fig1.eps, fig2.eps,.....fig300.eps. I want to put all of them in latex such that 6 ...
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Automatically generate workbook from a sort of database

I have already posted a similar question here before, but because it was way too open-like and not defined well, it got closed. I'm giving it another try, this time being a bit more specific. I'm ...
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Run multiple commands in TeXShop typeset [duplicate]

I am a user of biblatex-mla and I wish to run the whole bibliography generation workflow with a single click of "Typeset" in TeXShop. pdflatex filename.tex bibtex filename pdflatex filename.tex How ...
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automatically to apply \enlargethispage{\baselineskip} when single-word-widow occurs

Sometimes I encounter this single word widows instance very often, please find the right hand page, topline scoundrel. My design strategy is to leave enough white space at the bottom margin, so when ...
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Getting TextMate to call biber

I've recently made the switch to biblatex from natbib but one problem I've been unable to resolve is how to make TextMate (which is my preferred editor) call biber instead of bibtex. I've installed ...
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Automating the creation of name badges for an event

We are organizing an event. There will be around 60 participants and I need to prepare name badges (tags) for them. The badge will involve, name surname and affiliation fields which is different for ...
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Automatic new directory for new files

I am looking for some way to have a tidy folder system. My idea is, when I create a new file for latex to automatically create a new folder under the same name inside my working directory and put all ...
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Shortcuts for code in latex

I am tired of writing \frac{\partial something}{\partial something_else}. Can I automate it by defining some sort of shortcut to it, so that when I write \p(x)(y) it will transform to \frac{\partial ...
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Building LaTeX files by one command [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tools for automating document compilation Is there a single command which would run bibtex, makeglossary (pdflatex x N ...) etc. automatically? I could create Makefile ...
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tikz External: \tikzsetnextfilename and \tikzpicturedependsonfile

Consider the following MWE. If \tikzpicturedependsonfile is commented out, the code runs as expected. A.dep is created stating the dependency of A.pdf on A.dat. Now, lets try to add the tikz source ...
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Tool to handle “precompiling the preamble” automatically

On Windows there is a nice little tool called latexdaemon that can handle "precompiling the preamble" (and thus speeding up compilation) automatically. It doesn't require any additional setup: one ...
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Is there a macro telling which OS we're using?

I got some LaTeX documents that I have to compile them under different TeX Live, such as MacTeX or TeX Live. But in different OS, the font seems different too, for example, while in Windows, I prefer ...
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Persuading (la)tex “silently to go beyond the envelope of 'good taste' ” to avoid an overfull hbox

My understanding, based on reading this website, is that (la)tex performs at most three passes when trying to typeset a paragraph: one based on \pretolerance, one based on \tolerance, and one based on ...
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Auto-generating tables using etoolbox

I have a particular problem which I am trying to solve using etoolbox, but I can't figure out how. What I'm trying to do is to auto-generate a table based on information from a previous table. This is ...
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latexmk endless loop when non-PDF outputs are specified

My source file is based on the standalone package. The \documentclass command specifically looks like this: \documentclass[preview, convert={density=300}]{standalone} If the source file is named ...
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ultrafast pdflatex with precompiling

I try to improve the time pdflatex needs to compile my book. Really working example book.tex %&preamble \begin{document} Hi \end{document} and preamble.tex \documentclass{article} I run ...
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Iterating over files in a directory and including them

I have a folder called diary which contains a series of files: 20120101.tex 20120105.tex 20120304.tex etc. How can I create a single LaTeX document that includes each of these files, in ...
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Automatically convert “…” to “\ldots”

Is there a way to automatically convert a basic string into a command, for example converting instances of ... to \ldots? I have to work with a large number of plaintext files, and doing a dozen ...
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Mathematical functions inside LaTeX tables

I have several tables where I have tables which may look like this: ------------------------------------- | X | Y | X + Y | X - Y | (X + Y)/2 | ------------------------------------- | | | | ...
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Automation: static array for the sieve of Eratosthenes

I would like to produce one simple array of numbers from 1 to 100 of dimension 10*10, where 1 will not be displayed. In Sieve of Eratosthenes in tikz there are pretty animations, but what I need is ...
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Find optimal figure size to fit two images on one page

I often encounter a situation where I would like to fit two or three figures on one page. I define my figures as follows: \begin{figure}[htpb] \centering ...
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Dynamically applying formatting to regular expressions [closed]

One useful tool I find in InDesign are the Grep styles. With them, one can define character styles (e.g., boldface in small caps) for whatever expression matches the grep pattern. I know this is ...
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Timeline with automatized hours and minutes

Some time ago I've asked a question about Timelines, many solutions were given, but in the end I decided to go with TikZ and also presented my solution. But I couldn't have done it without Torbjørn ...