I can't seem to find this option in the documentation. Is there a way to not freeze vim while the compilation is going on? What I would like is to say type "\ll" and have vim-latex run the compilation in the background, and provided there are errors, bring up quickfix.

Is that possible? Easy?

  • I don't use vim-latex but another plugin. Presumably somewhere in the vim-latex configuration you have a line like let g:Tex_CompileRule_pdf = 'pdflatex -synctex=1 --interaction=nonstopmode $*'. If so simply putting this into background should be enough: let g:Tex_CompileRule_pdf = 'pdflatex -synctex=1 --interaction=nonstopmode $* &' – user30471 Apr 30 '15 at 16:07
  • @Andrew actually this won't background the compilation unfortunately.... – hbetx9 Apr 30 '15 at 18:11

Vim is known to be bad at asynchronism, but plugins exist such as AsyncCommand allowing you to run commands in the background and see the output in a split once the command finished. AsyncCommand comes with an AsyncMake command, which can be used to make asynchronously. Therefore, in my vimrc I use :

noremap <leader>mm :AsyncMake<cr>

to map <leader>mm to asynchronous make, and

:autocmd BufEnter *.tex let &makeprg="latexmk -e '$pdflatex=q/pdflatex -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode/' -pdf ".expand("<amatch>")

to set the make program to latexmk when I open tex files.

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    This is great, but doesn't completely address the question. Can someone with experience with vim-latex suite chime in on where the edits need to be made to incorporate this? I would have preferred a solution that doesn't add yet another plugin to the mix if one is available. – hbetx9 Apr 30 '15 at 16:00
  • In particular, there is a way to background the command by adding & to the end of the rule, I just don't know where to add it so that \ll backgrounds the compilation – hbetx9 Apr 30 '15 at 16:04
  • The background is obtained via AsyncMake, which itself runs the make command in the background. The solution I propose would also compile any project with regular make in the backgound. I would rather use one global tool to background everything, rather than let every plugin cook its onwn solution, but I admit this is my own choice. – Vincent Nivoliers Apr 30 '15 at 16:06

AsyncCommand requires vim to be compiled with clientserver, which may or may not require a new compilation, and definitely will for those of us running Cygwin (after installing Cygwin/X).

An alternative that worked right away for me was the dispatch plugin, which provides the Start! command. I have the following in my vimrc:

map <leader>lr :w<CR>:Start! latexmk -pdf -pdflatex="pdflatex --shell-escape \%O \%S" % && latexmk -c %<CR>

This allows me to skip manually writing the file before compilation, and also cleans up after compilation (the latexmk -c command). A simpler variant would be

map <leader>lr :Start! latexmk -pdf % <CR>

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