I'm trying to load the yasnippets for the LaTeX mode every time I open an org file.

Is it possible? How can this be achieved?

  • Only one major mode is active at a time. Check to see if either of those major modes has a corresponding minor mode that you can use at the same time as the other major mode.
    – Drew
    Commented Jan 29, 2018 at 14:57

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You can load an additional modes via yas-activate-extra-mode in the hook of the major mode (it also works with yas-global-mode turned on).

Just copy-paste following elisp snippet into your init file:

(defun my-org-latex-yas ()
  "Activate org and LaTeX yas expansion in org-mode buffers."
  (yas-activate-extra-mode 'latex-mode))

(add-hook 'org-mode-hook #'my-org-latex-yas)

Tested with:

  • GNU Emacs 25.3.1 (x86_64-unknown-cygwin, GTK+ Version 3.22.20) of 2017-09-11
  • yasnippet-20180124.1445
  • yasnippet-snippets-20180122.521

You can see what the yasnippet repo has to say about this.

Basically, if you put a .yas-parents file (yes, a hidden file) inside your snippets/org-mode/ directory and as the content of said file you put latex-mode the latex snippets will also be available in org-mode. This approach does not require any lisp and it is very simple to share many snippets across many different modes (by simply listing more modes in the .yas-parents file).

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