# Can I point Gummi to use TeX instead of LaTeX?

is a great text editor since it has continuous re-fresh. Can I link it to TeX instead of LaTeX? Here is why: Some commands only work with TeX and not LaTeX.

me@Lenovo:~/Documents$latex test.tex This is pdfTeX, Version 3.14159265-2.6-1.40.16 (TeX Live 2015/Debian) (preloaded format=latex) restricted \write18 enabled. entering extended mode (./test.tex LaTeX2e <2015/01/01> Babel <3.9l> and hyphenation patterns for 2 languages loaded. ! Undefined control sequence. l.1 \cleartabs % Nullify any previous \settabs. ? x No pages of output. Transcript written on test.log.  Now let's try with TeX me@Lenovo:~/Documents$ tex test.tex
This is TeX, Version 3.14159265 (TeX Live 2015/Debian) (preloaded format=tex)
(./test.tex [1] )
Output written on test.dvi (1 page, 544 bytes).
Transcript written on test.log.


Gummi is open source so anything should be possible.

• Gummi itself doesn't seem to give you the option of calling Tex Directly... but some of the relevant lines on Github are here github.com/alexandervdm/gummi/tree/master/src/compile – john mangual Feb 7 '16 at 20:45
• So it is a TeX document which uses the plain format rather than latex? I mean, some macros are defined in the former but not the latter, and some in the latter but not the former. They are both built on TeX, though. – cfr Feb 7 '16 at 20:45
• @cfr I am reading through "TeX for the impatient" and just copied some lines and it didn't work... In order to get Gummi to compile I inserted \documentclass{beamer}\begin{document} then my test code and \end{document} – john mangual Feb 7 '16 at 20:50
• That would be plain, then, rather than latex format. So, yes, you want to compile with tex or pdftex. Note that the output you posted shows that you've compiled differently along 2 different dimensions in the 2 cases: both the engine and the format change. In case one, you are using pdfTeX (engine) + LaTeX (format); in case two, TeX (engine) + plain (format). If you want PDF rather than DVI, you can compile with pdftex rather than tex and you'll still get the plain format, but PDF rather than DVI. [Technically, tex is probably pdfTeX in 'DVI' mode these days, in fact.] – cfr Feb 7 '16 at 21:01