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I am editing a .cls file in order to customize the output of a particular document. However, I am occasionally coming up against errors. Is it possible to check that my .cls file is valid (i.e. no hanging "{")? Is there a decent way to debug edits to a .cls file?

If possible, please suggest some open source tools available for Windows.

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  1. syntonly.sty is useful for typesetting your file faster and checking if it has syntax errors.

    \RequirePackage{syntonly}
    \syntaxonly
    
  2. Use an editor with proper syntax highlighting and parenthesis matching!

  3. If all else fails, follow the advice here: http://www.tex.ac.uk/cgi-bin/texfaq2html?label=erroradvice.

Quoting TeX itself: Pretend that you're Hercule Poirot: Examine all clues.

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