Is it possible to tell arara to use a default directive when no directive is specified in the file, e.g. to run pdflatex twice?


I often get LaTeX-files from other people, and every time I need to add some arara-rules before I can typeset them. It would be very nice if this process could be automated.


The simple answer is "no". arara's core element are the rules and the specification of the rules inside your main document.

If you want to compile your friend's file with arara you can provide your main testing file like:

% arara: pdflatex

However I think most editors allow the switching between different compilation steps very easy. So if you want to compile with pdflatex you can choose pdflatex.

In my opinion there is no need for such an implementation.

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