I'm trying to turn $...$ into an electric pair, just as say (...). So I tried this solution, and it works fine on my older machine, running Emacs 24.3.1 and AUCTeX 11.87. However, on a newer installation (Emacs 24.5.1, AUCTeX 12.1.1), it doesn't quite behave like it should. When I type $x+y$, it should be giving me


where ^ denotes point. But instead I get


Obviously, Emacs fails to move over the automatically-inserted closing $ and instead inserts a new pair. Here is the relevant part of my .emacs:

(electric-pair-mode 1)
(define-key LaTeX-mode-map (kbd "$") 'self-insert-command)
(push '(?\$ . ?\$) electric-pair-pairs)

The push line may be included or not, it doesn't make a difference. I also tried the following .emacs, as suggested by the AUCTeX manual:

(electric-pair-mode 1)
(set (make-variable-buffer-local 'TeX-electric-math) (cons "$" "$"))

This gives me $x+y$^$, which is not much better. How do I get the behavior I want?

  • 1
    I'm electric-pair-mode's author. This seems to be a bug. Can you report it via M-x report-emacs-bug?
    – joao
    Jul 5, 2018 at 9:41
  • I just reported it as you suggested.
    – pgraf
    Jul 6, 2018 at 23:19

1 Answer 1


As I explained in my comment, this is a bug. Until it is fixed, you can work around it like so

(add-hook 'LaTeX-mode-hook

(defun fix-electric-pair-paired-delimiters-in-tex-mode ()
   (local 'electric-pair-skip-self)
   (lambda (oldfun c)
     (pcase (electric-pair-syntax-info c)
       (`(,syntax ,_ ,_ ,_)
        (if (eq syntax ?$)
                  (delete-char -1)
              (insert-char c))
          (funcall oldfun c)))))
   '((name . fix-electric-pair-paired-delimiters-in-tex-mode))))

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