I would like to view pdf files in emacs, and when I reload them from disk I want to be at, more or less, the same position in the new file as I was in the old one.

I am viewing these with the bundled "DocView" (is there something better?)

Maybe there is a solution combining bookmarks and DocView?

aside: I decided to make this a TeX question because there it lots of emacs support here, and it's really the only time I find myself obsessively compiling, reloading and viewing pdfs - and I expect I'm not the only one!

  • how about using a pdf viewer that doesn't need to be closed in the first place? :)
    – cmhughes
    Apr 4, 2013 at 17:25

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It turns out that DocView does do this, and I hadn't noticed before! So for the record:

Viewing a pdf in DocView, the key-command


queries you to reload the pdf from disk, and (in the situations I tried) keeps you at the same location after the buffer is reverted. The command that is invoked is doc-view-revert-buffer

  • This is very simplistic!
    – zkytony
    Nov 10, 2017 at 3:18

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