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In orgmode, it is quite useful to view the equations inline. However, sometimes this can take a while to execute. Running org-toggle-latex-fragment asynchronously would be quite useful. However, most of what I can find about async is about how to execute external commands in an async way. I did try this post (https://emacspeak.blogspot.com/2018/07/using-emacs-threads-to-execute-commands.html?m=1) and emacs-aio (https://github.com/skeeto/emacs-aio) but it did not quite work/ I could not get it to work.

Please let me know if anyone here knows how to execute this function in an async way.

Thank you for your response!

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  • This question is too broad. Ask one question at the time. About alternatives (that translate the LaTeX fragments asynchronously): Try texfrag available on melpa.
    – Tobias
    Oct 30, 2019 at 10:05
  • Just use start-process or make-process and do all the work in sentinels or in hooks of such. That is enough for LaTeX fragments.
    – Tobias
    Oct 30, 2019 at 10:24
  • @Tobias Thanks! I narrowed the scope of what I was looking for. I will check out texfrag. Oct 30, 2019 at 21:29
  • @Tobias Can you clarify a bit? If you mean start an asynchronous process - How does one do that? I tried emacs-aio but could not get it to work. Oct 30, 2019 at 21:34
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    texfrag completely replaces the LaTeX strategy of orgmode with that one of preview-latex. After installing texfrag run M-x texfrag-mode in the orgmode buffer. You get a TeX menu with most of the menu entries of the Preview menu of AucTeX. The strategy of preview-latex is different from that one of orgmode. preview-latex does many steps in a asynchronous way. You can work with Emacs while the overlays for the LaTeX fragments are generated.
    – Tobias
    Oct 30, 2019 at 23:04

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