To enable automatic latex-preview-pane-mode with AUCTex I bound it to a hook:

(add-hook 'LaTeX-mode-hook 'latex-preview-pane-mode)

This works.
When I open a *.tex file, then latex-preview-pane-mode gets enabled.

BUT: now when I export a org-mode file via latex to pdf (C-c C-e l o) two times (or more often), then the latex-preview-pane window (aka DocView or pdf-tools) is also opened a second time. My frame then shows on both windows the generated pdf. The bad thing is, it breaks auto-revert of the pdf-preview (the pdf-view does not get updated to changes anymore).

(removing the above hook, repairs org-mode's latex export. But then latex-preview-pane-mode gets not automatic enabled from within AUCTex)

Question: How can I have latex-preview-pane-mode enabled automatically and working with both AUCTex and org-mode's latex export?

Note: I have seen 2 similar named questions here, but those have a complete different topic.
Note: I added (add-to-list 'revert-without-query ".+\\.pdf$") for auto-revert of pdf files to my init.el.

  • Could it be that you mean LaTeX-mode-hook instead of LaTeX-mode? Note that latex-preview-pane-enable sets latex-mode-hook instead. Furthermore could it be that you mean auto-revert-mode instead of auto-reverse?
    – Tobias
    Commented Jun 30, 2018 at 1:03
  • @Tobias I meant auto-revert. ;-) As of the add-hook line, thats correct (I'm using :hook from use-package, which just looks slightly different)
    – jue
    Commented Jun 30, 2018 at 7:10
  • Using the latex-mode-hook (instead of LaTeX-mode-hook) by calling latex-preview-pane-enable, or ensuring it is nil, does not change anything on the behavior.
    – jue
    Commented Jun 30, 2018 at 7:39

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Not quite the answer I was looking for, but I want to document this as a usable mode of operation.

I completely kicked the package latex-preview-pane-mode.
(For me it now looks like it just adds more complexity.)

Then I found that org-modes latex export works pretty well with pdf-tools and without latex-preview-pane-mode.
(Maybe that is the reason org-modes's export did not work well with latex-preview-pane-mode, and maybe the add-hook mentioned below will fix the revert issue.)

As for LaTex-mode: I can live with preview after compile (TeX-command-run-all or C-c C-a).
To have this properly working I added 3 lines to my init.el:

(add-hook 'TeX-after-compilation-finished-functions #'TeX-revert-document-buffer) ;; revert pdf after compile
(setq TeX-view-program-selection '((output-pdf "PDF Tools"))) ;; use pdf-tools for viewing
(setq LaTeX-command "latex --synctex=1") ;; optional: enable synctex

I got it from this answer.

More Info on synctex (not related to Question, but mentioned for completeness):
ensure that variable TeX-source-correlate-method mentions something like this (pdf . synctex).
and variable TeX-PDF-mode is t, so pdflatex gets called to compile.

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