I am using an indirect buffer of a pdf from a pdf-tools PDFView buffer. This works except the indirect buffer is in DocView mode, and therefore I can't use any of the pdf-tools features in that buffer.

Is there a way to clone the PDFView buffer into another PDFView buffer?

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Indirect buffer need special support, since their buffer-file-name is nil. But this is currently not implemented in pdf-tools. So it seems that the answer is no.

  • FYI: when setting the buffer-file-name to the original file name, the indirect buffer comes up in pdf-view-mode. It correctly lists the number of pages in the original document. However, it only shows whatever page was last open in the original document.
    – Dan
    Commented Aug 1, 2017 at 14:59

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