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Tools for automating document compilation

I am fairly new to latex and would like to automate my workflow (creating pdfs from a beamer/listings/tkiz source).

What I want is a script to automatically recompile the source and reload the resulting pdf in acrobat whenever my code changes. Of course this is easy to do however I have one issue:

How can a script determine whether or not a second pass of pdflatex is neccessary?

Unfortunately this cannot be deduced from pdflatex' exit code (which is 0 even when another pass is needed), but maybe there is some other way to detect that in an automated way.

Many thanks!

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    Have a look at latexmk – egreg Jun 8 '12 at 15:56
  • I can only second egreg's advise: latexmk is probably the way to go. You also might want to change your PDF viewer, as there are viewers, which automatically reload the PDF file, if the file changed. – Patrick Häcker Jun 8 '12 at 16:13
  • If you are a vim user, the latex-suite is a set of tools that support compilation of documents within vim. – gypaetus Jun 8 '12 at 16:35
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Have you thought about using Rubber on Linux Terminal http://latexbr.blogspot.com.br/2011/11/compilando-com-rubber.html.

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