I have a LaTeX template I created for use with Emacs org-mode, to export to PDF via LaTeX using xelatex.

I don't edit LaTeX directly, I just generate from org-mode.

This works perfectly for me except for one thing: it only works when I have heading numbering turned on.

When I turn numbering off in org-mode, by adding this line to my org-mode file...

#+OPTIONS:   num:nil

...LaTeX no longer recognizes my headings as headings. This creates two problems in the resulting PDF:

  1. The Table of Contents is blank.
  2. The \leftmark in the heading shows up as "Contents" instead of showing up as the title of the section.

How do I modify these org-mode preferences such that my I can turn heading numbering off in org-mode while still correctly generating a Table of Contents and adding my section title to the header?

I'm sorry, but I don't know enough about LaTeX to make a minimum representation of this. I have no idea where the problem is.

Here are the org-mode preferences in question: http://pastebin.com/62Nugpsg

  • the article class omits all starred headers from the toc. some other classes (such as amsart; there may be others) include them. since you're not preparing this input directly, it may be to your benefit to try a document class that does include starred headers, or develop a class of your own, starting with a class that otherwise produces your preferred format, and patch in the star-including code from amsart or similar. (none of the toc* packages seem to handle starred sections this way.) Sep 6 '13 at 19:56
  • I see. Any idea how to do that? Sep 6 '13 at 20:31
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    Another way to turn off numbering of sections, subsections,... in the article class is to do \setcounter{secnumdepth}{0}. And the sections and subsections will correctly appear in the table of contents. So, perhaps try with \setcounter{secnumdepth}{0} added in the LaTeX file, but without doing num:nil from org-mode
    – user4686
    Sep 6 '13 at 20:51
  • I like that idea. I tried it, but the numbers still appear. Is there somewhere in particular I should put that line? I tried it in a couple places, including right at the beginning: (add-to-list 'org-latex-classes '("ilija" "\\documentclass[12pt]{article} \\setcounter{\\secnumdepth}{0} \\usepackage{float} \\usepackage[breaklinks=true,linktocpage,pdftitle={\\@title},pdfauthor={\\@author},xetex]{hyperref} \\usepackage{algorithm} \\usepackage{amsmath} \\usepackage{ifxetex} Sep 6 '13 at 21:19

I had the same problem as you and I tried what @jfbu was suggesting in the comments and this worked with org-mode:

Near the beginning of your file, add

#+LaTeX: \setcounter{secnumdepth}{0}

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