1

Consider the following LaTeX document.

\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}
\showthe\parindent
\end{document}

According to p. 215 of Donald Knuth's The TeXbook, 20th revised printing (Addison-Wesley 1991)

TeX's primitive command '\showthe' will display on your terminal exactly what '\the' would produce in an expanded definition; the expansion is preceded by '>' and followed by a period. For example, '\showthe\parindent' will display
> 20.0pt.
if the plain TeX paragraph indentation is being used.

Where is the output of the \showthe primitive directed to by AUCTeX?

1

The output from LaTeX compilation should appear in a buffer named */path/to/source.tex output*. Using your example I see on my system:

...
(/usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/amsfonts/umsa.fd)
(/usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/amsfonts/umsb.fd)
> 17.0pt.
l.56 \showthe \parindent
...

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.