Emacs "suddenly" stopped automatically inserting the correct quotes once I hit the " key. It seems to me that this is due to a duplicate installation of some package, but I can't put my finger on it.

There are some commands that seem to duplicates, so far I stumbled over the following:

TeX-insert-quote (")
TeX-insert-braces (C-C {)

Sadly, even though helm tells me that TeX-insert-quote is bound to ", it does not seem to trigger. And even if I call it manually, it simply inserts " into my text instead of ``correct'' quotes.

Can anybody point me out where to start diagnosing this behaviour?

Edit: After running C-h k " emacs tells me that it's indeed bound to TeX-insert-quote. So the trouble is not the binding, but something else.

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    Ask Emacs what command is bound to " with C-h k ". Start your Emacs without your init file (emacs -Q). Then, recursively bisect your init file (comment out components) until you find out what's causing the conflict.
    – Dan
    Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 13:30
  • Thanks, that allowed me to verify my bindings are correct. Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 16:10
  • have you managed to fix this? I'm having the same issue Commented May 28, 2016 at 15:02
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    Sorry, I haven't made any progress on this issue. Currently I am inserting the correct quotes like a caveman :( Commented May 28, 2016 at 15:54
  • @MatíasGuzmánNaranjo I just found out that my expectation was simply wrong, maybe that is the case for you as well? Commented Aug 15, 2016 at 13:02

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Turns out that the behaviour of TeX-insert-quote has changed from what I was used to. If I simply hit " twice the correct quotation characters are inserted. It used to insert "` or "' immediately, but now does so after the second stroke.

  • Do you load babel package with a particular language option? The behavior depends on it, nothing changed in the last years.
    – giordano
    Commented Aug 15, 2016 at 16:33
  • Wow, that might be the root cause: This indeed only happens with german documents. And the more I think about it ... Around the time I asked the question I got around writing german documents in LaTeX for more or less the first time. Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 18:39

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