# AucTeX: Disable electric-pair-mode in minibuffer during Macro definition?

I use Emacs 24.3.1 and AUCTeX. I switched on the electric-pair-mode in LaTeX-buffers. The only time I would really like to disable it in the minibuffer while inserting math-mode parentheses via the \left and \right commands. For these commands in Emacs, I use \ as TeX-electric macro.

My question would be if there is an easy way to disable the electric-pair-mode inside the minibuffer? Or do I maybe use an inconvenient setup for putting parentheses into equations?

• The echo area is for output, not input. Do you mean the minibuffer? If so, please edit. – Drew Jul 1 '15 at 15:24
• You say that "The only time I would really like to disable it is while inserting math-mode parenthesis via the \left and \right commands." Did you mean enable? – elethan Dec 28 '15 at 17:14
• I would like to disable the electric pairing, when I enter the minibuffer after inserting \left inside the ordinary latex-mode buffer. – jjokella Dec 28 '15 at 19:22

Here is a trick that I learned from this answer to only use electric-pair-mode with specifically whitelisted modes:

(defvar my-electic-pair-modes '(python-mode org-mode))

(defun my-inhibit-electric-pair-mode (char)
(not (member major-mode my-electic-pair-modes)))

(setq electric-pair-inhibit-predicate #'my-inhibit-electric-pair-mode)


Then you can add any mode that you want to use electric-pair-mode for to my-electric-pair-modes.

I have tested this, and it removes the annoyance of having parens pair in the minibuffer. In your case you can replace python-mode with latex-mode or whatever modes you want.

• I accepted your solution - it worked well for my problem: Since the minibuffer has its own major-mode, electric pairs are disabled by default. Additionally, I feel like I have better control over the electric-pair-mode through implementing the list of allowed modes like you suggested - thanks. – jjokella Dec 28 '15 at 19:32

To specifically disable electric-pair-mode in the minibuffer change elethan's example to use the minibufferp function. Below is the relevant part from my Emacs configuration:

;; Enable smart paring
(electric-pair-mode)

(defun pvj/inhibit-electric-pair-mode (char)
(minibufferp))

(setq electric-pair-inhibit-predicate #'pvj/inhibit-electric-pair-mode)