For some reason electric-pair-mode doesn't work well with AUCTeX: It works for ( and [ but not {. But it used to work.

So I disable electric-pair-mode and use tex-electric-left-right-brace instead. The annoying thing is that when I want to delete (), with electric-pair-mode turned on I can just press backspace once, but with electric-pair-mode turned off I need to press it twice to delete the whole pair. What do I need to do to be able to delete matching parens with a single key stroke?

To summarize, I need auto-closing for (, [, and { in AUCTeX, as well as the ability to easily delete pairs of matching parens.


  • I see the Emacs23 tag here. Emacs24.1 was released more than 2.5 years ago. How long does it take to make the switch?
    – abo-abo
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 11:37
  • I used emacs 24.4 but the tag wiki afraid me and i cannot find a tag emacs24 or some other things better.
    – seb
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 11:49
  • No need for the emacs24.4 tag -- the auctex tag is all you need.
    – Dan
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 12:26
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    I can not reproduce this behavior in vanilla Emacs 24.4 (started via emacs -Q): When I hit (, [, or { after enabling electric-pair-mode, Emacs correctly inserts a matching delimiter and leaves point after the opening delimiter. If I then hit Backspace, the whole pair gets deleted. So there is a chance that the issue you are having is caused by your personal configuration. Please try to reproduce the problem in emacs -Q and report your findings. We'll take it from there.
    – itsjeyd
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 12:57
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    @itsjeyd If LaTeX-electric-left-right-brace is on, electric-pair-mode is disabled.
    – giordano
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 14:06

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The following two pieces of advice appear to result in the desired behavior:

(defadvice electric-pair-post-self-insert-function
    (around single-electricity activate)
  "If current command is an electric brace command, do nothing."
  (if (not (eq this-command 'LaTeX-insert-left-brace))

(defadvice LaTeX-common-initialization
    (after electric-pair-anyway activate)
  "Re-enable electric-pair-mode."
  (set (make-local-variable 'electric-pair-mode) t))

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