From time to time I am having trouble using auctex properly. That means, after typing-in C-c C-f C-e I receive the following error message:

Symbol’s function definition is void: texmathp

Sometimes I am also unable to type in a minus symbol -, same error message.

I have installed auctex-12.1.1 via elpa (on a Windows machine, for more information see below).

I used to have something like

(require 'tex-site)
(require 'tex-mik)

in my init.el (see below).

The strange thing is, everything works without (require 'tex-mik) but then I am unable to use C-c C-f C-e (includes an \emph{}) or C-c C-e, which I really depend on.

Any ideas what is going on?

My emacs version

In GNU Emacs 25.3.1 (x86_64-w64-mingw32)
 of 2017-09-12 built on KAEL
Windowing system distributor 'Microsoft Corp.', version 6.1.7601
Configured using:
 'configure --prefix=/tmp/emacs --without-imagemagick --without-dbus
 --with-modules 'CFLAGS=-O2 -g0''

My init.el (hopefully a MWE)

(require 'package)

(setq package-archives '(("gnu" . "http://elpa.gnu.org/packages/")
                         ("marmalade" . "http://marmalade-repo.org/packages/")
                         ("melpa" . "http://melpa.org/packages/")
             ("org" . "http://orgmode.org/elpa/")
             ("elpy" . "https://jorgenschaefer.github.io/packages/")

(setq package-check-signature nil)

(add-to-list 'load-path "~/.emacs.d/site-lisp/")  

(let ((default-directory "~/.emacs.d/site-lisp/"))


(require 'tex-site)
(require 'tex-mik)
  • Can you please remove (require 'tex-site) (require 'tex-mik) from your init file, restart Emacs and then remove and re-install AUCTeX from ELPA? May 23, 2018 at 20:00
  • Thanks, @ArashEsbati ! Id did that, however, as I mentioned in my question, then essential AUCTeX features (e.g., C-c C-e) no longer work. During the installation process, I also got the following error: autoload-generate-file-autoloads: tex-jp.el:0:0: error: scan-error: (Unbalanced parentheses 24404 44141) May 24, 2018 at 6:12

1 Answer 1


Okay, I think that I found the error:

  1. Searching for the autoload-generate-file-autoloads:... error (see my comment under my question) lead to another question on https://emacs.stackexchange.com/a/18467/168 that provided a solution on how to properly set the encoding system ("How to permanently choose a encoding system in emacs for opening and saving?").

  2. So, in my init.el, I removed all utf8-related lines and added just one line

(set-language-environment "UTF-8")

  1. Then, I removed AUCTeX again, reinstalled it again, and now, everything works like a charm.

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