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    HOWTO: Evince + SyncTeX + vim/emacs/scite/lyx/kile/$EDITOR + forward/backward search


    For all of you who didn't get forward/backward search to work. Here is my solution. Thanks to José Aliste who wrote gedit-synctex-plugin:


    1. Download these files
    2. deflate them to ~/bin (or something within $PATH)

    Backward Search (Evince → Editor)

    1. Adopt the first line of »~/bin/evince« (EDITORCMD) to your needs. (run »evince_backward_search« to get help for possible entries)
    2. Compile your .tex File with synctex (»pdflatex -synctex=1 myfile.tex«)
    3. Run »evince myfile.pdf« (The script should run evince_backward_search and evince)
    4. click on some text in evince with »Ctrl+leftclick«
    5. the editor should jump to the corresponding line

    Forward Search (Editor → Evince)

    1. you have to tell your editor, to run »evince_forward_search $PDFFILE $LINE $TEXFILE« when pressing some key.
    2. go to some line in your editor and press the key
    3. evince should mark the corresponding line

    in my case (using vim-latexsuite), I wrote in ~/.vim/after/ftplugin/tex.vim:

    function! Tex_ForwardSearchLaTeX()
      let cmd = 'evince_forward_search ' . fnamemodify(Tex_GetMainFileName(), ":p:r") .  '.pdf ' . line(".") . ' ' . expand("%:p")
      let output = system(cmd)
    Afterwards you can do forward search in vim with \ls


    edit: thanks to hugmenot, I changed the code according to your comment
    edit: changed .vim/ftplugin to .vim/after/ftplugin (thanks to jorges00)
    Last edited by Ben___; July 21st, 2011 at 12:44 AM. Reason: adopted to jorges00 advice

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