Do these programs support forward and inverse search (with built in PDF viewer or YAP) for files that have a root file which has many chapter files used with \include? I have tried this with no success. I have -synctex=--1 directive included and I have set the root file as the "Master Document". I am currently using Windows 7, with latest versions of TeXstudio and Texmaker. My TeX program is Miktex 2.9. The main attraction of these programs for me is that I can use them on Windows and Mac. My main tex editor on windows is Winedt and I am very happy with it.

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    I use TeXstudio on Linux and it works well, but the argument to pass is -synctex=1.
    – Sigur
    Apr 21, 2013 at 1:20
  • -synctex=-1 would also work, I think. Apr 21, 2013 at 6:53
  • related: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/37327/…
    – matth
    Apr 21, 2013 at 7:23
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    You should set the your main file as Options -> Masterdocument. Specifically in TeXstudio, you can use Ctrl+LeftClick on the source code and in the internal PDF viewer for forwarwd/inverse search. Forward/inverse search also works for Texmaker, but I don't know the details there. Apr 21, 2013 at 8:47
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    The difference between -synctex=1 and -synctex=-1 is that the latter won't gzip the .synctex file. But -synctex=--1 fails silently.
    – egreg
    Apr 21, 2013 at 11:15

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If you are using file names with blanks, the problem is with TeXstudio and TeXmaker, whose command line is something like (supposing your file is C cè.tex)

pdflatex.exe -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode C cè.tex

while the corresponding command line in WinEdt is

pdflatex.exe -synctex=-1 -interaction=errorstopmode "C cè.tex"

so you would have to change TeXstudio command line (in Options -> Configure -> commands) to

pdflatex.exe -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode "%.tex"

I´ve tried all solutions to this problem found in several forums and none worked. Finally I found out that the problem, in my case, was simply that my file had spaces in its name, which seems to be a problem for synctex. Hope it helps in your case as well.

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    Welcome to TeX.sx! TeX.SX starter guide May 8, 2013 at 13:51
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    synctex does not work with file names which contain spaces or filénàmeswith accentuated characters. Best practices of Naming LaTeX files May 8, 2013 at 16:54
  • @texenthusiast the problem with synctex and file names with blanks has been solved time ago May 8, 2013 at 17:50
  • @karlkoeller BTW when was it solved ? which release of TeXLive distro year onwards ? Any documentation on it or release notes/changelog ? Feb 21, 2014 at 4:01
  • @texenthusiast Unfortunately I can't remember when. And I've not been able to find anything in changelogs... Feb 21, 2014 at 5:12

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