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I want to use latexmk to build my documents, in order to stop compiling different things all the time just to get an updated document. However, I have no clue how to do this. I am running OS-X 10.9.4.

I have had latexmk installed from TeX Live Utility. I have noticed that I can, in TeXstudio, set my compiler to be latexmk.

My question is basically, "What do I do, and how to I set it all up?". I have read about Makefiles, of which I know nothing. I have read latexmk's user's manual, but it just lists a whole lot of options to a command I do not understand.

I have found no beginner's guide, how-to's, or anything similar on the web that might help me set this up. Please do not underestimate the statement of how little I know about this; however, I am very eager to learn!

Can anyone please help me out?

  • First, see Collins' documentation. Next, in a terminal, cd to the folder where you have somefile.tex, and try latexmk -pdf somefile (without the .tex). You'll end up with a PDF output from that file. By default, latexmk will also run bibtex as needed. Past that, you'll need a more specific question and MWE where something fails. – Mike Renfro Sep 2 '14 at 19:11

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