I have a strange behavior in AUCTeX with RefTeX: the command 'reftex-reference' (C-c )) needs to be run before the command 'reftex-cleveref-cref' gets recognized, on a newly-started emacs session.

In other words, the command 'reftex-cleveref-cref' looks non-existing if I did not run any 'reftex-reference' yet.

What would be the explanation?

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reftex-cleveref-cref is defined on the fly in reftex-ref.el from the contents of reftex-ref-style-alist. No autoload is associated with it. So it is defined only when reftex-ref.el is loaded which, in turn, is provoked by the autoload cookie on reftex-reference.

  • So I guess one should find a means to autoload reftex-ref.el for reftex-cleveref-cref to be automatically available. Any idea of how to do it?
    – Giuseppe
    Commented May 14, 2019 at 7:28
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    Something like (autoload 'reftex-cleveref-cref "reftex-ref" nil t) in yr init should do the job. Commented May 14, 2019 at 8:23

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