There is a great way to make Emacs, Evince and Synctex work together. However it has a minor caveat: when you do backward search, focus is not moved to Emacs (so you have to do that using mouse or Alt+Tab). This is a slight but nonetheless untoward problem.

In Linux (which I use) there is a CLI utility called wmctrl which can be used to move focus between windows. However I don't know how to add it to the script mentioned above, so I decided to ask.

(I believe the main point of this question is using Emacs Lisp so it is less relevant to Ask Ubuntu).


Add the following code, taken from https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-auctex/2013-04/msg00004.html, to your .emacs

(defun raise-client-frame ()
  (let ((wmctrl (executable-find "wmctrl")))
    (if wmctrl
    (start-process "wmctrl" nil wmctrl "-R" (frame-parameter nil 'name)))))
;; This raises the frame when using Evince.
(add-hook 'TeX-source-correlate-mode-hook
      (lambda ()
        (when (TeX-evince-dbus-p)
           :session nil "/org/gnome/evince/Window/0"
           "org.gnome.evince.Window" "SyncSource"
           (lambda (file linecol &rest ignored)
         (TeX-source-correlate-sync-source file linecol ignored)
;; This raises the frame when using all other viewers.
(add-hook 'server-switch-hook 'raise-client-frame)

Current version of AUCTeX supports forward/inverse search with Evince out-of-the-box, there is no more need to use old hacks.

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  • Sorry, didn't work. (I have the latest Ubuntu versions of the three programs installed.) – Reza Apr 10 '14 at 16:48
  • @Reza did you restart Emacs after adding that code? – giordano Apr 10 '14 at 17:09
  • Yes, I did. Does where you put it in .emacs (w.r.t. the synctex scrip) matter? – Reza Apr 11 '14 at 15:47
  • @Reza Ok, you're right, that hook isn't run when Evince is used as viewer (it's run with Okular, the viewer I use). I'll try another way to answer your question, hold on! – giordano Apr 11 '14 at 18:46
  • @Reza See the updated answer, now this should work for all viewers, Evince included. – giordano Apr 11 '14 at 22:10

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