{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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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 ...
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Trying to make an automatic histogram (in pgfplots?) [closed]

How can I convert the automatic table generated by the macro, to an automatic histogram? Is the best way do it using pgfplots? \documentclass{article} \RequirePackage{ifthen} ...
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Recover TeX source from automatically generated LaTeX files

Maybe the question can not be exactly understood from the title. So, to automate things a bit, instead of rewriting everything when adding different pictures and tables, code was made to add ...
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Count and use the number of items in advance

When writing LaTeX code, I often successively make changes like adding or removing items. I'd like to have TeX count and update the number of items in the list automatically, as in There are ...
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Creating tables from files [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How typeset a numeric table from a CSV file I use the pgfplots package to add graphics to my LaTeX documents. Usually I have a data set in a .dat (plain text) document ...
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Check if non-empty subsection exists under another section

I'd like to try to make a LaTeX class which enforces a number of (non-empty) sections to exist-- if the user doesn't define them manually, then some default section content will be created. ...
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Automatic linebreaking inside displaymath

Yes, I know of the existence of breqn, and I am very excited about this package. I am trying to write a mathematics paper, that will be typeset in two different styles (different page sizes, and ...
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Large block diagrams with auto positioning [closed]

I need to make some (large) maintainable block diagrams. Some small diagrams I already made using Tikz, but I always need to specify the placement of every block. Now for large diagrams this could be ...
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Include figure (from macro) with underscore in filename

I have a system of where a .tex is generated from a program. The final .tex file has a (simplified) structure like this: \newcommand{\PlotFrame}[1]{% \begin{frame} \frametitle{...} ... ... ...
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How to avoid the need to declare already declared items in \index?

Code: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{index} \usepackage{lipsum} \makeindex \begin{document} \section{\index*{Hello World}} Hello World Some text about \index*{foo}. \lipsum[1-15] Hello ...
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How do I make future equations renumber as extensions of previous equations?

I'm looking to do the following automatically rather than manually \documentclass{article} \usepackage{amsmath} \begin{document} These equations are pretty important. \begin{align} ...
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TeX as the basis for data driven document generation system?

I am in the early stages of trying to replace an existing document generation system based on Microsoft Office apps (Word and Excel). The system runs once a year to generate over 300,000 individual ...
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Automatically run Latex command after saving .tex file in Emacs

How can I have Emacs call the Latex command every time after I save my .tex file? Thanks A solution: while playing with ELisp and looking around, I added this to .emacs and it seems to work quite ...
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Create a LibreOffice spreadsheet from luatex

After reading this amazing answer, I'm wondering if it possible to do the same thing but the other way round, that is create a LibreOffice spreadsheet from luatex, exporting data from the tex file to ...
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Create a “yearbook-style” multi-page layout of photos

I would like to create a "yearbook-style" layout of photos in LaTeX. Each photo would have a caption and the objective would be to automatically layout the differently sized rectangular photos to ...
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Automatically capitalize macro output if used after a period [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Detect beginning of a sentence in a macro for capitalization Is it possible to write a macro that is able to determine if it is used at the beginning of a sentence? For ...
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using AutoHotKey to streamline LaTeX document authoring

Is it possible to use AutoHotKey to facilitate LaTeX document authoring? In which ways? Is there any off the shelf AutoHotKey script for this purpose?
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How to automatically arrange an unknown number of images?

I have several compilable LaTeX input files and their corresponding PDF files. Each PDF file contains any number of pages. I want to import each LaTeX input file with \lstinputlisting followed by its ...
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makebbx - program similar to makebst? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a style definition helper for creating biblatex citation styles, like makebst for biblatex? There is a "program" called makebst that allows creating of ...
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Script to import .bib and output HTML based on a style [closed]

I'm able to use various tools (such as pyP2B.py) to generate a BibTex database. I've also successfully created a AMA styled RTF of the database using JabRef and the APAish extension, although this ...
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Auto generate an Index

Is there any way to auto-gererate an index for the makeidx package? I've written ~270 pages and didn't think of adding \index{} everywhere. Do I really need to go over everything and add \index{}?
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How to automatize the creation of arrows in TikZ?

I'm creating yet another graph and I don't have particular problems. I can easily create the nodes, assign IDs and create arrows/paths using these IDs. But when there is a lot of content and there is ...
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Floats shortly after they have been \ref-erenced; Warn otherwise

In my thesis I have a many floating figures which I then reference using \ref. I use flafter to ensure that they do not appear before they are defined in the source code (See Force floats to be ...
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How to define a key=value that has an equivalent boolean value key

Assume you're defining a key=value align for some environment realign that you'll use in the following way: \usepackage{xkeyval}% http://ctan.org/pkg/xkeyval \newenvironment{realign}[1][] ...
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Detecting all pages which contain color

In an larger LaTeX document there are often only some pages with color content (mainly figures) and the remaining ones are only black and white. Because printing costs for color pages are much higher ...
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Avoid linebreaks in LaTeX console / log output

Is it possible to tell the LaTeX command not to use line breaks in its console / log output? This would make it easier to automate the processing of the log file, e.g. extracting the names of missing ...
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Running several latex processes in parallel

I am working on an experiment running LaTeX on server to compile some documents on the fly. Assuming I want to have several workers waiting for documents to be compiled, are there any access issues in ...
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Label automatically positioned so that it doesn't overlap anything

I produce automatically generated LaTeX-files with nodes and links. Is it possible to put the label of the node outside of the node and it is automatically positioned somewhere, such that there is no ...
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Automatic deletion of unused macros

The following scenario occurs quite often to me: I have a couple of input files where I have my own macros, mainly math-related stuff like definitions for \esssup and so on which are not available in ...
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How to treat specific words formatting (ie. API names to wrap inside texttt command)? [closed]

I would like to know if there is any elegant way to treat specific words as symbols, and automatically wrap them with a \texttt command. This would come handy with API names for instance, so \texttt ...
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Automatic line break in alignat

Consider the following example from http://tex.stackexchange.com/a/12782/4011 \documentclass{article} \usepackage{amsmath} \newcounter{eqn} \renewcommand*{\theeqn}{\alph{eqn})} ...
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How to create a new command with variable numbers of arguments

I am creating one command to define a functional requirement and many non functional requeriment in a table. I wrote the following code: \newcounter{Number} ...
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Automated Newspaper Layout (with TeX and abroad)

Update: I'd like to revive (and revise) this question a bit because there have been some recent developments, and furthermore I would be happy to encourage some up-to-date discussion. I'm thinking ...
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How can I tell ConTeXt to automatically rotate images to fit their dimensions most accurately?

I have high resolution images that would be much more effectively executed in landscape format. Is there a way to tell ConTeXt to automatically place images in landscape format to suit their ...
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Custom format file: How to automate the generation of the “precompiled preamble” whenever one of the files that are used there are changed

I would like to speed up compilation of my LaTeX documents using the precompiled preamble approach, and I was wondering whether any of the Tools for automating document compilation have support for ...
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Generating reports with LaTeX programmatically

Crystal Reports, JasperReports and many other report writers are conventionally used in software development practices when it comes to producing printer-ready reports. It would appear that a LaTeX ...
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Best way to print key-value pairs: table, array or matrix?

I have a series of values that need to be printed row-wise in multiple columns. (These values, held as \def variables, are generated programatically and some of them can be empty strings.) The ...
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How to order linked data simultaneously?

Apologies for an unclear title; I'm not sure how to describe what it is I want to do (please feel free to edit my tags). But here is my best shot: I have a collection of data; each datum is an ...
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Automatic generation of pages with variable fields

I need to produce dozens of same pages, except for the part that each page has to have a different person's name on it. Imagine it as an exam, where the content is equal for every page, except that I ...