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How can I set AucTex to either (a) not pop up that annoying compilation buffer every time I C-c C-c or (b) only pop it up if compilation is not successful? (b) is preferable, but if it's too hard then I'm fine with (a).

  • (a) is not the default behavior, no compilation buffer is shown by default. You activated it somehow. – giordano Sep 1 '16 at 12:11
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I have this in my latex config, but I forget where it come from ...it does (b)

(defadvice TeX-LaTeX-sentinel
    (around mg-TeX-LaTeX-sentinel-open-output activate)
  "Open output when there are errors."
  ;; Run `TeX-LaTeX-sentinel' as usual.
  ad-do-it
  ;; Check for the presence of errors.
  (when
      (with-current-buffer TeX-command-buffer
        (plist-get TeX-error-report-switches (intern (TeX-master-file))))
    ;; If there are errors, open the output buffer.
    (TeX-recenter-output-buffer nil)))
  • I guess it's my answer here: tex.stackexchange.com/a/185763 But really, compilation buffer is not shown by default, my guess is that the OP activated it with (setq TeX-show-compilation t). – giordano Dec 30 '16 at 15:23
  • @giordano Actually, I eventually figured out it was because I was using emac's latex-mode (I think). Anyway, I don't have the problem now. – Elliot Gorokhovsky Dec 30 '16 at 20:48
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When I was looking for to avoid this, I didn't found. But I finnaly found a solution to get around the problem by using latexmk. The following code may help you :

(defun run-latexmk ()
  "It compiles the current document"
  (interactive)
  (let ((TeX-save-query nil)
        (TeX-process-asynchronous nil)
        (master-file (TeX-master-file)))
    (TeX-save-document "")
    (TeX-run-TeX "latexmk"
         (TeX-command-expand "latexmk -pdf %t" 'TeX-master-file)
         master-file)
    (minibuffer-message "latexmk done")))

This was inspired by this page about how to make latexmk run the appropriate amount of times.

Then you can rebind C-c C-c with something like (local-set-key (kbd "C-c C-c") #'run-latexmk).

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