When I open a new tex file and hit C-c C-e <RET> to create document environment, the message buffer shows

TeX-search-files-by-type: No TeX trees available; configure ‘TeX-tree-roots’.

It will then exit the environment input procedure and there is no automatically created \begin{document} \end{document}. How do I deal with this problem? This has not happened before.

I am using an M1 MacBook Pro running macOS Monterey 12.0.1
Emacs version: 27.2
AUCTeX version: 13.0.14

Edit: The problem appears only when using GUI. Emacs in terminal works fine.

  • I cannot replicate this under linux: same emacs and AUCTeX versions. Commented Nov 10, 2021 at 22:02
  • I suspect Emacs doesn't find the program kpsewhich. You can check that by inserting (executable-find "kpsewhich") in scratch buffer, putting the point after the ) and hitting C-x C-e. Commented Nov 13, 2021 at 7:46
  • @ArashEsbati Thank you. You are right. Emacs GUI does not find kpsewhich. However, emacs in terminal is able to find it and there is no problem with creating a new environment. I will try to fix the path problem by myself.
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    Commented Dec 5, 2021 at 20:12
  • @FranBurstall The problem is related to macOS. See my answer below.
    – 1615244
    Commented Dec 5, 2021 at 21:02

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It turns out that the issue is, as @ArashEsbati suggested, that Emacs is not able to find kpsewhich in GUI. It is a macOS specific issue, as discussed in this problem. We may set the environment PATH in GUI to be the same as in terminal by using the package exec-path-from-shell. With use-package, adding the following to my init file solved the problem.

(use-package exec-path-from-shell
  ;; Get environment variables such as $PATH from the shell
  :ensure t
  :config (when (memq window-system '(mac ns x))

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